April 2014
  • Plant annual seeds of asters, cosmos, marigolds and zinnias. 
  • It is time to prune your fuchsia back. Water it well, feed it and re-pot if necessary.  
  • Prune your spring flowering bulbs but do not cut off the green foliage yet. The green leaves continue to grow for a few weeks and provide the bulb with food for next year.  
  • Divide perennials like daylilies, delphiniums, iris, chrysanthemums, daisies and phlox.  
  • Hybrid tea roses should be fertilized with *Dr. Earth Organic Rose & Flower Fertilizer before buds begin to bloom.
  • If you have a pond or a pool, set aquatic plants any time after the middle of the month. 
  • April is ideal for pruning evergreens like juniper, cypress and conifers.  
  • Remove all diseased and undesirable wood.
  • Broadleaf and needle leaf evergreens benefit most from lightly spreading a high nitrogen fertilizer like 
    *Green All Multi Purpose Plant & Lawn Food around their bases.
  • Plant fruit trees and berry plants.  
  • Control weeds and aerate the soil by cultivating between the rows of plants.  
  • Plant perennial vegetables like beans, carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce and Swiss chard.  
  • Trim back your crops.  
  • Cut all the dead canes from your raspberry patch. The new canes that will bear this year's fruit should have new, swollen buds along the edges. Trim to allow good air circulation and prevent overcrowding.
  • Fertilize with *Dr. Earth Tomato, Vegetable & Herb Fertilizer every 6 weeks to keep plants healthy and strong with maximum production.
  • Rotate your houseplants for even growth and a balanced shape.  
  • Some plants like African violets may need to be moved away from an over exposed window to avoid leaf scorch.
  • Remove any diseased flowers, damaged leaves or branches.  
  • Pinch back the tips of foliage plants to stimulate new growth. 
  • Rinse dust from leaves to allow the plant to breathe.
  • If you keep a coleus as a houseplant, start cuttings for transplant to the garden. These cuttings will be ready to use as a bright garden accent by early June. 
  • The application of a spring type of lawn fertilizer like *Scotts Weed & Feed should perk up the lawn and improve its over-all color and appearance. Weed if necessary  
  • Spring is a good time to thatch your lawn. Thatch buildup can smother your lawn and provide an environment for diseases. Remove thatch with a brisk raking.  
  • Over seeding will help fill in the lawn and deter the re growth of weeds. Use about one pound of *Scotts ez-seed  for every 300 square feet of lawn area. Apply a light compost or soil over the seed to keep it moist and in place.
  • Aerating the lawn will allow water to penetrate deeper into the lawn soil and reduce the need to water during the dryer months ahead. Use a garden fork and punch holes over the surface of your lawn. 
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