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Finally, April has arrived.  But, the big question is “are we safe to plant”?  A few factors come into play when trying to answer this question. 
  1.  It is only early April.  Our average last frost date is around April 15.  Last year we had a frost on April 27.  I hope this tells everyone to be cautious and be aware of our weather forecast.
  2. I did a soil temperature reading a few minutes ago.  Our soil temperature is at 50 degrees.  It is warming up but still too chilly for some vegetables, like tomatoes, and for some annuals, like impatiens and vinca.
  3. I went to the NBC 12 weather app to look at our extended weather forecast.  It seems that we have no fear of frost for the next two weeks.  But, we do have a couple chilly nights (down into the upper 30’s) starting around April 6.  So, please watch the weather forecast.
We have some national gardening activities this month:
                EARTH DAY                         -              SATURDAY, APRIL 22
                NATIONAL ARBOR DAY  -              FRIDAY, APRIL 28
These are two very good events to support by doing some planting and getting the family involved in planting a tree or two.
Here are a few April gardening tips:
  1.  Consider planting a vegetable garden.  Keep in mind that vegetables need a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sunlight in order to grow well.  Consider using containers to grow your vegetables.  You don’t need a “traditional” garden plot to grow vegetables.  Consider adding some fruits and vegetables in your landscape.  Everyone needs to think outside the box when it comes to adding fruits and vegetables to the existing landscape around the property.
  2. Prune spring blooming shrubs, such as azaleas, forsythia, quince, rhododendrons, camellias, etc. after they have finished blooming.  Also, this is the perfect time to give them a good quality feeding.
  3. April starts our lawn mowing season.  Remember GRASS-CYCLING  -  Grass cycling is leaving your grass clippings on the lawn.  Grass clippings are 85% water and break down quickly returning 20% of their nitrogen back to the lawn.  DON’T BAG ANY MORE!!
  4. When planting this spring, remember the GOLDEN RULE FOR PLANTING – “ the right plant in the right location”.  Plants may look small and cute in the garden center.  But, they may only be babies.  Read the label for the eventual dimensions and space them properly when doing your landscaping.
  5. Summer bulbs, such as caladiums, gladiolas, elephant ears – now is the time to buy but hold off on planting until the end of the month when our soil temperature is much warmer.
Posted: 4/1/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 1 comment(s)
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