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April Gardening Tips



  1. Mowing high weeds will lessen transpiration and still provide cover to slow down evaporation it will also reduce the amount of seeds produced

  2. Aerate lawns for better infiltration of water and fertilizer. In heavy soils or poor performing turf, apply sand or compost into the holes left by the aeration process

  3. Renovate lawns if drought emergency cancelled

  4. Broadleaf weed control in lawns (air temps between 65-85 degrees F) - less competition for water will help your lawn’s vitality

  5. Crabgrass pre-emergent application

  6. Pick up and remove spent Camellia Blossoms and blemished (brown) blooms on plant

  7. Cut back frost damage on plants (after danger of frost has passed)

  8. Cut back tender perennials (Lantana, Mexican Sage) after danger of frost has passed

  9. Inspect plants for Aphids and other early Spring pests and treat as needed - instead of using water to hose them off try using a small paint or parts brush. Use pesticides as a last resort

  10. Fertilize Citrus w/citrus food (after danger of frost has passed) - edibles should be looked at as being valuable and given water to survive

  11. Plant summer blooming bulbs (Begonias, Lilies, Dahlias, Gladiolas)

  12. Plant summer annuals and vegetables - again edibles should be looked at as valuable and given enough water to grow but no more.

  13. Eliminate standing water where Mosquitoes breed - use it to water orchard trees or woody ornamentals

  14. Look to your local water provider for updates to irrigation options (if any) such as day restrictions and time of day restrictions

  15. Undertake any "hard" or rejuvenation based pruning – keep in mind it is always better to make thinning cuts instead of heading cuts

  16. When pruning look for dead branches, diseased branches and criss-crossing ones to cut first

  17. Release beneficial insects for pest control

  18. Apply deer repellant in deer prone areas

  19. Begin control of Bermudagrass, Crabgrass and other noxious weeds

  20. Hand weed in and around plants - this reduces competition for water

  21. Begin training vines

  22. Prune Spring flowering shrubs and bulbs after bloom

  23. Perform a soil test and analysis to obtain a baseline of horticultural conditions

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