Wednesday, April 01, 2009



This is a good time to get that soil tested. Then there will be time to amend it before the season gets into full swing!

Edge your flower beds to rid yourself of invading lawn rhizomes. Toss the edgings from this into the compost.

Rebar, the steel bars used to reinforce concrete and masonry, make great garden stakes. They're inexpensive, strong and durable and they come in a variety of sizes. You can find them in any building supply store.

Start up your lawn mower so you know it doesn't need a trip to the repair shop before grass cutting time. Also be sure the blades are SHARP.

Sharpen your other tools while you are at it!

The lawn would appreciate a good fertilizing at this time.

Avoid working in the garden unless the soil breaks up in your
hand if you squeeze a lump of it.

Instead, turn your compost (assuming it is no longer frozen!)

Hummingbirds begin to appear this month in some places. Clean
the feeders and hang them for the "early birds"

Sow peas in the ground as soon as the frost is gone

Continue with the tree pruning. Get rid of dead and diseased limbs

As soon as your shrubs are done blooming, prune them as well.

You can prune your berry bushes-check a reference or
ask me

This is a good time to pull out weed trees and old bramble branches. They tend to yank out easily because the soil is still soft and moist.

Remove mulch from strawberries

Put your trellis systems and peony supports into place.

Pansies and other cold weather annuals can now be planted outside

It is the time to divide and plant perennials as well as cutting any of last years remaining growth away. It's known as good housekeeping in the garden!

If you have any bare root plants going into the garden, soak them overnight before planting. also be sure to trim off any super long or broken roots.

If you winter mulch your garden beds, begin to remove mulch when forsythia and daffodils bloom.

Try planting scented flowers near walks!

It's probably a good time to remove bird-feeders to discourage those bears!


At April 01, 2009, Anonymous Tessa at Blunders with shoots, blossoms 'n roots said...

What a great list! I wish I could get out there and work a little. I did some today and it was raining and my fingers were red when I came in! So much to do :). Happy April!

At April 02, 2009, Blogger Gardeness said...

Lots of good tips and reminders here. I think we're safe from bears. But what to do about those darn squirrels!

At April 02, 2009, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Squirrels! They ARE a problem aren't they? We've got red AND gray squirrels. Now, as it's warming up, we even have the chipmunks joining them. At least they are cleaning up a bit under the bird feeders where the Bluejays squandered seed all winter long. I guess you have to look at the bright side-they are OUTSIDE the house!


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