April Gardening Tips
Perennial and Herbaceous Plants
Spring blooming plants are breaking bud, it’s a great time to get them in the ground and prune back the established ones you already have. You can aid in vitalizing your garden by planting native pollinator plants near your ornamentals and vegetables.
Manage your weeds early on before they get out of control. You can use cultural controls to aid in prevention throughout the growing season, there are some great examples of these on the OSU Extension website. Our favorite cultural control is called carbohydrate starvation. Try looking up environmentally friendly recipes or use horticultural and botanical oils, prior to using pesticides or other chemical controls.
To mediate weeds and pests in your garden, plant row crops. You can research crops to control specific pest issues in your garden. This can save you a lot of time and stress during the busy growing season.
Our frosty days are behind us so you can finally apply fertilizer to your lawn. For well established lawns, the suggestion is about a pound per thousand square feet of Nitrogen. We carry both a starter (10-20-20) and an established lawn (25-7-12) fertilizers for your convenience. After your initial round, it’s a good practice to fertilize every 3-4 months during the active growing season.
*It’s a good habit to participate in sustainable practices and avoid applying fertilizer prior to a rain or over-watering after application. This will prevent runoff of nutrients.
If you need to rejuvenate any areas in your lawn, it’s the best time to do so. You can regrade low spots, dead or damaged areas and reseed. We offer two varieties of grass seed* to meet your needs.
If you are wanting to replace your lawn this year, we now offer sod. We have helpful FAQ’s and preparation tips.
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