Friday, April 17, 2015
Posted By: in Gardening

An excellent start to April thus far and as far as therapy’s go…weeding is an excellent calmative therapy after an hour spent with a learning driver, just saying. Timing is the name of the gardening game in Spring. Put things in too early and they might be chilled or washed away in the rain. Start things too late and you might not have the selection or size you are looking for.

Be prepared, spend time in the garden each day, even if it is just a walk through. April is where you really get down to work on the garden planning you began in the winter. Keep an eye on the weather and cover any new or tender plantings if Mother Nature throws us some challenges. Now let’s get cracking on the list!

Lawns

– Mowing…Yay! If it makes you feel better about it, put on the step counter or borrow one and see how many steps you log in one mow. Mid- month is a good time to fertilize if you’d really like to mow more. A good well rounded fertilizer with micronutrients is preferred. If you have a lot of moss in your lawn you can apply moss killer when the temperature is in the optimum range for application for the moss killer you are using which is usually around 10-15 degrees Celcius.

Moss Away Moss Control

If you have weeds that bother you, there are tools, weed torches and sprays you can use selectively on the weeds. Gone are the days when you dump weed n feed over your entire lawn. It is a waste of chemical and money. Selective weeding by hand or spray is better for you, your lawn and better for your wallet. Healthy, vigorous grass can outcompete most weeds. Remember the theme of spring…timing. This is key in lawn care.

Garden Beds

Weeding and fertilizing. Weed first…don’t feed your enemy! Timing is key…don’t weed when your garden is saturated with water, pull weeds out before they go to seed. Now is a great time to plant new shrubs and perennials. Once you’ve weeded, consider mulching to make your work a bit easier. Remember, mulch will draw nitrogen from the soil as it breaks down so adjust with a little extra fertilizer for your plants.

Trees

Now is a great time to plant new trees. Fertilize trees around the drip line and don’t forget to make a tree circle to protect your trees especially in the lawn. A tree circle is a 3 foot buffer circle that is mulched or planted with a living mulch such as Perennial Geranium. It helps to protect your tree from poor mower driving practices by teens trying to make some speedy allowance by rushing the mow job or by overly enthusiastic weed whacking …tree circles save lives…tree lives.

If you haven't checked out the Surrey Tree Voucher program - what are you waiting for? Its a fabulous offer for residents of Surrey!

Hanging Baskets

Planters and Hanging baskets

Plan your pots and select annuals and perennials as needed. Remember if you do plant up the annuals it is a bit cool for them at the beginning of the month and you will have to give them a little bit of shelter and warmth. Don’t be fooled into placing them out too early or you will be buying them twice.

Ponds and Water Plants

Clean up, trim and divide pond plants as needed. You can fertilize them once they start growing with a good slow release pond plant fertilizer. Expect a spring Algae bloom, it will subside once your plants start to actively grow and provide coverage. You can add floaters once it warms up towards the end of the month and into the beginning of May. Our water plants should be arriving later this week!

Veggie Gardens

Veggie Gardens

Some veggies can be planted directly into the ground at this time such as Beets, Carrots and Spinach. Some veggies can also still be started indoors. West Coast Seeds and Rene’s Garden websites are fantastic resources for the gardener. If you still have questions we offer workshops with our own crazy veggie lady Kayla, who is starting our very own Art’s Veggie garden at the back of our greenhouse. Stop by and see how our veggie garden is growing (coming soon!).

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle Olfdord-Down

Laurelle is a certified horticulturalist and Landscape designer. She is currently an up and coming apple guru, growing over 120 cultivars which explains her passion for edible garden design. Laurelle works part time for Art’s Nursery. You can also interact with her through Art’s monthly newsletter, our blog and our gardening channel on YouTube.


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