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10 Tips for the April Gardener

Not sure how to make your garden grow? Follow this April to-do list to make your spring garden shine!

Photo: Clemson Extension
Photo: Clemson Extension

The following is a community contribution from UCONN Extension. It originally appeared on West Hartford Patch.  

1.     Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source.

2.     Purchase onion sets for planting and set 1 inch deep and 4 to 5 inches apart when soil can be worked.

3.     Get the jump on weeds in garden beds by pulling out any that overwinter and applying mulch.

4.     Early spring is a great time to spot spray or hand-dig dandelions. If spraying, choose a product that won't kill grass. If digging, wait until after a rain, when soil is soft.

5.     Complete removal of diseased, weak, or crossing branches on shrubs and small trees.

6.     For an instant spring show, fill containers with purchased forced spring bulbs from supermarkets and garden centers.

7.     Celebrate Arbor Day on April 25th by planting a tree.

8.     Continue to apply horticultural oil sprays to control insect pests on fruit trees if temperature is over 40°F.

9.     Spread fertilizer under roses, apple trees and small fruits except strawberries, which are fertilized in late August. 

10.  Freezing temperatures don't harm pansies, but if they have been grown in a greenhouse they should be gradually exposed to outdoor temperatures before planting.

For more information visit UConn Extension and the UConn Home and Garden Education Center.


What are your tips for a beautiful spring garden? Share them in the comments below!

Colleen Walsh Fong April 11, 2014 at 04:34 PM
Nice post! Here in Georgia check for your county extension service here: http://extension.uga.edu/about/county/
Tom Hollman April 13, 2014 at 11:06 AM
You don't have to plant a garden anymore the Democrats give out foodstamps for votes
delfranco75 April 14, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Tip one should be cover anything that has begun to bloom or new plants to protect them from the snow.

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