Easter is falling late this year, not happening until the 20th but we are getting ready to welcome spring in full force now! Although many of us are still timid about planting, hoping winter is really finally over!
The trees are starting to bud out and our lawn is looking like its coming back to life. By now your garden should be off to a great start and it's just a waiting game now! Waiting for your garden to produce something is like watching paint dry!
Its time to start mowing your established lawn. I personally always wait until after Easter to do the first mowing of the year.
You'll likely encounter fire ant mounds during the first mowing and you'll want to apply a good fire ant killer. We recommend Surrender (Acephate). You just sprinkle a few tablespoons of the powder around the mound and within a few hours you'll see dead ants everywhere.
Begin fertilizing your Bermuda, St. Augustine and warm-season grasses this month. 19-5-9 works great for fertilizing this time of year.
Centipede lawns are a little slower to get started in spring, and should be fertilized in late April or early May. Fertilizing your grass too early can results in a weaker root system going in to the summer.
To start thinking about for May is your second application of Balan Pre-Emergent to keep those sticker burs away as well as other onoxious weeds you don't want.
One of the many things I love about April is that its the perfect time to get my flower beds planned out and plant awesome looking color!
Shown below is a picture of our Wave Petunias. I love these flowering plants and they can be planted in either the flower beds or make awesome hanging baskets.
Many summer flowering plants can be planted right now. There are so many to choose from like annuals, perennials, bulbs, and tubers like gladiolus, caladiums and my all time favorite dahlias, and don't forget the tropical plants!
Don't have room for flower beds or live in an apartment? We offer a wide selection of beautiful containers that will complement any patio or balcony and will overflow with flowers!
Flowers always brighten any day and when you place them by your front door they just make you smile every time you arrive home after a long day.
Continue planting vegetables, such as carrots, cucumbers, melons, peppers, squashes, and sunflowers.
Its time to start your bush and pole beans, cucumber, eggplant, cantaloupe, peppers of all kinds, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, summer and winter squash, tomatoes, and watermelons.
Plant okra toward the end of the month, as it does better with warmer soil.
Its a great idea to plant vegetables in successive plantings so that you can have a continuous harvest throughout the growing season.
Remember to thin out your vegetable plants so that they have enough room to grow. If they are too crowded, the plants will become weak and won't grow to the maximum size.
Don't have room for a garden, try your hand at Container Gradening
Any kind of container that will hold soil will work, as long as it has drainage holes and is at least 3 gallons or larger. The bigger the container, the better! Use only quality potting mixes, such as Miracle Gro or Osmocote Potting & Planting Soil, avoid using soil from the garden. Grow dwarf or bush varieties to concentrate production, train plants vertically with stakes or trellises, and as in a traditional garden, the more direct sun the better! So choose your special place before hand.
Container gardens need more attention since they dry out faster and need regular additions of fertilizer to compensate for the more frequent irrigation. Add slow-release fertilizer to the potting mix and supplement with regular applications of water-soluble fertilizers.