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Plan Ahead: Spring Gardening

April is here! In case you haven’t heard it before… April’s showers brings May’s flowers! This is the perfect time to get re-acquainted with nature. Get outdoors, enjoy the fresh air, and do a little gardening — it’s the best therapy on earth!

Now in some areas, April brings the first signs of winter's end; in others, it's the gateway to hot, summery weather. But in most climates, it's the magical month when gardens start to come to life. And if the weather cooperates, it's a time to plant, water everything and take care of the lawn.

Remember to adjust gardening tips to fit your own growing season — but most important of all, wait until the last frost to put tender plants in the ground. Step outside and soak in the sights of the season with our friendly reminders on how to get started!

Plan Ahead Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source. Take a Soil Test and check soil pH with a home soil- test kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary.

Watering — Don't let your garden dry out before it even hits full stride. Get into the rhythm of watering regularly early in the season to ensure happy, healthy plants.

Vegetables — In most areas, April is the real start of the outdoor vegetable garden, especially perennials such as asparagus, although it's probably still not warm enough to plant heat-loving crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and squash.

Pests — Don't let pests enjoy the fruits — or vegetables for that matter — of your gardening labors. Take precautions early and throughout the growing season to keep your plants healthy and edible.

Weeds Get the jump on weeds by applying a pre-emergent weed killer to beds and borders. Put it down in early April for best results. It works by preventing seeds from germinating, so don't apply anywhere you're planting seeds.

So, Spring doesn’t just mean reorganizing your house, it means re-energizing your soul. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses today!

  

Sources:

  • Anderson, Sally. "April Gardening Checklist." MSN Real Estate. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
  • "Gardener's Check List for April." Organic Gardening. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
  • "Spring Gardening Tips." Martha Stewart. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2014.
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