This Month In Your Garden
- Prepare vegetable garden by working in your cover crop, giving it one month to decompose before planting seeds or starts. If ready in early April, plant seeds of carrots, beets, swiss chard, lettuce and radishes. If garden is ready mid month, plant beans, corn, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and zucchini by seed or starts.
- Plant flower seeds or starts of Alyssum, Cosmos, Lobelia, Marigolds, Nasturtiums, Sunflowers and Zinnias.
- Plant strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants, olives, kiwis, figs and pomegranate.
- Plant citrus. Be prepared to cover them if frost is forecast (most likely not in April).
- Remove spent blooms and prune camellias and azaleas after their blooms have faded. Then feed them with Master’s Camellia Azalea and Gardenia Food or Garden Elements Organic Camellia Azalea and Gardenia Food and Iron Plus.
- Check irrigation and fix any leaks.
- If you didn’t feed your trees, shrubs and perennials last month, feed them now, taking advantage of spring rains to move the plant food to the root zone. An easy solution for landscape shrubs and trees is Master’s Formula 49. For citrus and avocado, feed Master’s Citrus Food or Garden Elements Organic Citrus Food. For fruit trees, berries and vines, feed Master’s Fruit Tree & Vine Food or Garden Elements Organic Fruit Tree & Vine Food.
- As long as the rains come, continue to set out snail bait to keep the population down.
- Watch for coddling moths in the traps you set out in your apple and fruit trees in March. Two weeks after spotting the moth in the trap, spray with Captain Jacks at 10 to 14-day intervals, two or three times.
- For lawn care, control grubs in your lawn with Bayer Season Long Grub Control. Control most broadleaf weeds while feeding your lawn with Master Green Weed and Feed.
- Watch for aphids on tender new growth on roses, ornamentals fruit trees and vegetables. Either spray off with water or treat with Mast Nursery Pest Fighter Oil.