April Lawn & Garden Tips
In the Garden
- Color Your Garden. If no frost is in the forecast, plant colorful annuals (plants that have a lifecycle of one growing season) like petunias, geraniums and marigolds in the sun and coleus, impatiens and green-leaf begonias in the shade.
- Spring has Sprung. Plant just about anything your heart desires including shrubs, such as rhododendrons, viburnums, azaleas and spiraea for late spring color.
- Edible Time. After the danger of frost has past, begin planting warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumbers and herbs.
- Plant Summer Bulbs. Begin planting summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli in late April after the threat of frost has past. Remember to plant bulbs pointy side up.
- Keep Bulbs Clean and Happy. Remove faded flowers from daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, but let the foliage die naturally. Feed spring-flowering bulbs immediately after blooms have faded.
- Make Way for New Blooms. After blooming, prune early spring blooming shrubs like forsythia, azaleas and weigela so the current blooming plants can take over the show in the garden.
In the House
- Move Outdoors. Houseplants can gradually be moved outdoors to enjoy the southern sun. Place houseplant containers in an area that receives partial shade – not direct sun.
- Re-Evaluate Your Water Cycle. Houseplants may need to be watered more often as your home receives more sun. If leaves start to droop or wilt start watering more frequently.
- Feeding Time. Keep your houseplants fed throughout the growing season. Now is the time to start a monthly fertilizing schedule.
For the Lawn
- Feed and Trim Fescue. Feed Fescue Lawns with Atlanta Turf Special Lawn Fertilizer. Set mower height to 2 ½ to 3 inches for fescue grass.
- 50% Green is Time to Feed Warm Season Grasses. Fertilize Bermuda and Zoysia grasses with Pike Atlanta Turf Special Lawn Fertilizer when grass is at least 50% green.
For the Birds
- Attract Seed Eating Birds. Attract seed eating birds like chickadees, tufted titmice, wrens, finches and cardinals by planting shrubs that provide the birds with a treat. Some favorite snack plants include: ornamental grasses, coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.