Tips & Newsletters
Lettuce is a cool-season crop. It becomes bitter when grown in hot temperatures. Sow lettuce seed in early spring for May harvest and late summer for autumn harvest.
Plant asparagus roots, seed potatoes, onions, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots, radishes, beets, and other root crops now.
Don’t neglect bird feeders now. Keep them filled and provide water nearby. Put up hummingbird feeders now to help attract them to your home. They’ve been spotted in our area!
The color yellow seems to attract gnats. Place shallow bowls of water with a few drops of yellow food coloring near your plants to attract and drown gnats. You can also use Fertilome Indoor/Outdoor spray every 7 to 10 days to help eliminate the problem.
Fertilize spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths now using a good bulb food. This helps prolong the blooming period and feeds the bulbs for years of enjoyment. Remember, never cut these bulbs down. By letting them die completely back on their own, they feed themselves.
Weed prevention starts now! For the lawn use Ferti-Lome For All Seasons Lawn Food Plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer. Use Hi-Yield Dimension ornamental weed & grass stopper around trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, & rock areas. Hi-Yield Treflan can be used in vegetable beds after seeds have emerged.
Remove debris from perennials and shrubs blown in by winter winds. It is easier now than when new growth starts in late April.
Spray your fruit trees with Fruit Tree Spray as soon as the flowers fade to control insects early.
Did you know you can start your tender crops such as tomatoes & peppers 4-6 weeks earlier by setting up an early season plant protector 10 days before planting? This will heat up the ground. Cucumbers, melons, and other tender plants will get a jumpstart.
Fireblight is easy to prevent. Spray Apples, Peaches, Pears, Hawthorn, Pyracantha, and Plums with Fertilome Fireblight Spray while they are in flower.
Don’t forget to remove tree wrap from your trees this month.
Begin feeding your trees and shrubs this month. Use the proper fertilizers for each species of tree and shrub. Questions? Call us or come by to talk to an expert.
Feed roses now to ensure good flowering. Control insects and disease at the same time by using Ferti-lome Rose Food with systemic insecticide.
Begin planting perennials now. Poppies, Primrose, Shasta Daisies, Lupine, Columbine, and many other perennials can go out in the garden now.
April is a good month to use Fertilome Dormant Oil Spray, Horticultural Oil, or Tree & Shrub Drench on aspen, lilac, and ash trees to control scale and other pests.
Water lawn grass now, especially along sidewalks, drive- ways and on slope areas facing south and west.
Prune back leggy houseplants now before the spring flush of growth. Don’t forget to fertilize them.
Over seed a thin lawn now as temperatures begin to warm up. Lightly rake areas to be seeded, exposing soil. Seed at a rate of 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. Cover seed with straw net or Fertilome Canadian Black Peat Moss. Water only enough to keep the surface moist.
Has your compost pile stopped cooking? Reactivate the microbes this month with a prepared compost maker product and get decomposition started again. Use Hi-Yield Compost Maker for best results.