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April Gardening Tip of the Month
April: Ahhhhh April. Finally, our spring gardens are in the ground and
ready for the temps to start to rise. That’s true of some of our most favorite
flowers, veggies and shrubs (with the exception of palms … palm planting comes
later in the year). But for now we can relax and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
Roses: This is the month we’ve worked and planned for all year. Roses are
at their most beautiful in April and grace many of our yards and public spaces.
To prolong the blooming season remember to dead-head on a regular basis and
continue feeding for now. Adjust irrigation schedules as the temperatures climb
and be sure to visit our Rose Guide for a complete list of tips:
Trees: Hold off pruning citrus and deciduous fruit trees and grapes to
allow new growth to develop and prevent sun scalding. This is a good time of
year to plant those citrus varieties you are anxious to enjoy. Remember with new
growth and warmer temperatures come increased irrigation needs. Longer and less
frequent watering is preferable to short and frequent schedules. And for
stone-fruit lovers, remember the birds are often a better judge of ripeness that
we are … now is a good time to check or replace your bird netting.
Shrubs: The same general rules apply to landscape plants as to trees.
Adjust irrigation schedules as the temperatures increase and remember to water
deeply and less often as opposed to frequent, shallow watering.
Veggies: Summer loving crops like tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, beans,
eggplant, corn, melons and squash should be in the ground now with plans to
harvest before the extreme heat of late June. Our winter gardens of peas,
cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower and the like have pretty much run their course
although root veggies like carrots and beets can continue to thrive. As temps
rise lettuce can become bitter and once the temps settle-in above triple digits
most blossoms will refuse to set fruit. Get that shade cloth ready because those
scorching temps are around the corner.