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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - APRIL GARDENING CHECKLIST

HERE IS A SHORT LIST OF IMPORTANT GARDENING CHORES FOR APRIL:
 
  1.  Clay soil isn’t all bad.  It holds lots of nutrients and you can make it into even better soil by adding a compost, such as LeafGro soil conditioner, and adding some Black Kow composted cow manure at the time of planting your shrubs, trees, perennials, or vegetables.  To me this is a recipe for successful gardening.
  2. Earthworms – consider yourself fortunate if you have earthworms in your soil.  They are our nature’s plow, aerating the soil as they travel.  And, they leave behind casting that is great organic nutrients to our soil.
  3. Most of us will begin to mow our lawns.  Did you know that grass clippings are 85 percent water and break down quickly, returning 20 percent of the nitrogen to the lawn.  DON’T BAG YOUR CLIPPINGS! A mowing season’s worth of clippings is equal to about one application of a commercial lawn fertilizer.  This is money saving not to mention saving plastic bags going to the landfill.
  4. Our average last frost date in the Richmond area is around April 20.  Last year we experienced a frost on April 27.  As you get anxious to plant warm season vegetables and herbs now in early April, just watch the weather forecast and be ready to protect your tender plants if a frost is in the forecast.
  5. April is the month to apply Espoma Soil Acidifier to mop-head hydrangeas so they bloom blue.  Conversely, add lime now to raise the pH if you want the color pink.
  6. When planting your vegetable garden this month, be sure to add Espoma Bio tone to the soil.  You will be amazed at the results.
  7. Now is the time to feed our evergreens.  Espoma Plant tone, Holly tone, and Garden tone are excellent food for the plants this time of year.
  8. The month of April is one of the best times of the year for planting perennials.
HAPPY PLANTING !!!!!!!!
 
Posted: 4/2/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
Comments
Jenny
How much lime do you add for the hydrangea to bloom pink?
4/9/2015 6:15:23 PM

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