April Garden Checklist

Just can't wait to garden? Stop waiting! You should and can be doing these tasks, picked by Prairie Gardens Plant Experts, the month of April.

 

Picked by Prairie Gardens Plant Experts


Enjoy Cool-season Annuals

Pansies, violas primrose, stock, snapdragons, and more cool-season annuals can all tolerate light frosts. Enjoy them outdoors in containers or planted in the garden and find them in Prairie Gardens greenhouses.


Plant Cool-Season Annual Vegetables

Radishes, lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, peas, kale, potatoes, onions, carrots, radishes.


Plant Perennial Fruits & Vegetables

Raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, blueberries, asparagus & rhubarb


Prevent Weeds

As soon as you see forsythia blooming, which is an good indicator of when grass will start growing, you can apply pre-emergent weed killers and crabgrass preventer. 


Apply Grass Seed

As long as the ground is workable and not too wet, you can apply spring grass seed.


Prevent Fruit Tree Pests

Spray fruit trees with dormant oil when temps are above 50 degrees to prevent pests.


Early Pruning

You can cut back perennial grasses, but wait to prune spring blooming trees and shrubs until after they flower. Remove broken or damaged wood off plants anytime.


Fertilize Roses

You can begin fertilizing roses as soon as you see new growth following the label instructions on liquid fertilizers and slow-release fertilizers.


Clean Up

It’s clean up time! Remove winter mulch, dead leaves and more to get ready for the spring season.