April is a good time to plant trees, shrubs and grass.  Plant when the earth is warm enough to dig and Mother Nature helps with watering!


  • Take advantage of rebates for your annual lawn fertilizer program such as Scott’s LawnPro 4-step or Greenview’s 4-step program. Begin applying your Crabgrass Control plus Lawn Food (Step 1) when the forsythias are in bloom.


  • Apply Espoma’s Soil Acidifier to Hydrangeas as directed to ensure sky blue color on blue varieties and Espoma’s Garden Lime for pink varieties.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and vines once the soil can be worked.  Remember, soil that sticks to the spade is too wet to work.
  • Apply Espoma’s Hollytone to evergreens, flowering trees & shrubs.
  • As soil warms, pull back mulch from roses.


  • Apply a side dressing of Espoma’s Bulb-tone or Bone Meal to spring flowering bulbs to promote bigger blooms and to keep the bulb healthy.
  • Many plants prefer to grow in cool weather and can be started well before the last frost:
    • Vegetables: Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Peas, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Lettuce and Onions
    • Flowers: Bachelor Buttons, Love-in-a-Mist, Calendula, Poppy, Rocket Larkspur, Phlox
  • Plant cool weather flowers such as Pansies & Violas.
  • Divide overcrowded perennials that didn’t get divided last fall.
  • Pull back or stir up old mulch to allow air and moisture to circulate, then top dress with a fresh layer of mulch.
  • Clean rust from and sharpen your garden tools; inspect for damage.
  • Introduce new organic material such as Sweet Peet or Composted Manure to the soil for improved drainage and as a natural fertilizer.
  • Apply Preen as directed to your flower beds to help prevent unwanted weeds.


  • Repot houseplants as needed now that the days are getting longer, and begin fertilizing.


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