April Task

Gardening tasks for April:

  • Sharpen mowers and hand tools.
  • To help keep shovels, spades & digging forks sharp and rust free, store them plunged into a 5 gallon bucket of sand mixed with a quart of motor oil.
  • Move indoor plants outside. Put them in shade for a few days to harden them off. Give them a thorough washing and water well.
  • Move seedlings outside and harden them off before planting.
  • Thin out lettuce, beets, carrots and radishes.
  • Pull up those pecan, walnut and elm seedlings before they have a chance to grow a HUGE taproot that you have to dig out.
  • Clean up all garden debris and mulch well.
  • Direct sow annual seeds such as celosia, marigold, cosmos, zinnia, gomphrena, alyssum, and portulaca.
  • Watch for insect pests, especially aphids and take appropriate steps to get rid of them.
  • Prune early spring bloomers like forsythia, quince and wisteria after they have bloomed.
  • Plant hanging baskets.
  • Weed, weed, weed!!
  • Rejuvenate compost bins to get them cooking again.
  • Plant okra, black-eyed peas, pinto beans, caladium and gladiola.
  • And always be on the alert for freezing weather.

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