April Garden Checklist for Zones 5 and 6

The flower for April is the daisy.

  • Do not work the soil until it is dry enough to crumble when you squeeze a handful and do not walk on your wet garden as compaction will occur.
  • Edge Garden Beds.
  • Rake out perennial and vegetable beds removing dead leaves and stems which may harbour insect eggs and disease.
  • Rake out dead grass from your lawn.
  • Give your lawn its first and most important fertilizer of the year.
  • Repair lawn damage with topsoil and seed.
  • Mulch garden beds 2-3 inches deep with an organic mulch.
  • Remove dead, diseased and damaged wood as soon as it is observed.
  • Prepare garden beds for planting. Dig in compost and other organic material.
  • Remove rose protection; prune and apply dormant spray before the buds break.
  • Turn the compost pile at the beginning of the month and bury its contents in the garden bed at the end of the month.
  • Start tomato, melon, cucumber and squash seeds indoors.
  • Start cool weather vegetables outside such as peas, spinach, lettuce, onions, beets, and garlic.
  • As spring bulbs come up use golf tees to mark their location. In the fall you will be able to tell which areas need additional bulbs.
  • Lawnmowers and other power equipment should receive spring maintenance before the growing season begins.
  • Attend a local Home & Garden or Outdoor Show

Source: London Middlesex Master Gardeners

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