April Gardening Checklist
1. Plan for Next Year’s Spring Blooms
Since you have to plant the bulbs for spring flowering plants in the fall, such as daffodils or hyacinths, take notes while your ideas are fresh.
Whether you are starting from scratch or want to add to your collection, plan ahead now. Write down the types and if you want specific varieties. Also, be sure to take a lot of photos so that you will know where to plant them in the fall. This will prevent you from digging up the bulbs that are already there or planting on top of them.
2. Extend the season with early blooming perennials
Are you getting the most from your perennial beds with continuous color?
Here are a few must-have early blooming perennials— Bleeding Hearts, Brunnera, Columbine (Aquilegia), Corydalis, Creeping Phlox, Euphorbia, Forget-Me-Nots (Myosotis), Lenten Rose (Hellebore), Lily of the Valley, Lungwort (Pulmonaria), Solomon’s Seal (Polyganatum variegatum), and Violas.
3. Plant spring container gardens
Container gardening is for all seasons!
There are plenty of beautiful choices to get creative with in the spring. Some of the plants can be either transplanted into the ground or left in once it’s time to plant your summer containers in June. Visit our Early Spring Containers blog post for ideas and inspiration.
4. Feed Your Shrubs & Trees
Take good care of your existing plants with a spring fertilization.
We use and recommend Espoma Organic plant foods, such as Holly-tone, Plant-tone, and Tree-tone. Simply sprinkle it on the soil around the drip line of the plant. Do this in the spring and fall.