Great Garden Tips: April 2023 Checklist
Spring is in full swing, and it’s the most active time of year in your garden! These timely tasks will be helpful as you begin to plant your new perennials, shrubs and more. Here are the timely garden tasks for April 2023, specially curated by the Great Garden Plants team. Share these tips with your friends on social media by clicking the icons below!
- No matter where you live, it’s time to plant your perennials, shrubs, and cool-season annuals. The ground is likely thawed, so let’s get digging!
- Transplant and divide your older perennials. It’s best to do so when they’re still dormant, but it will still be fine if they’re starting to re-emerge.
- Cut the stems of forsythia and flowering quince for flower arrangements. If they’re budded up, they’ll bloom indoors!
- Great Garden Tip: Slit lengthwise up the stem to absorb more water and last longer.
- Avoid cutting back your bulb foliage, even if the flowers have faded. They need their leaves to photosynthesize and create energy for the next season.
- Time for spring clean-up! Rake and remove leaves, small twigs, or any debris from winter.
Cut back the rest of the perennials left standing over winter to make room for fresh, new growth.
- Prune your flowering shrubs that bloom on new wood after the first signs of growth. Not sure if it blooms on old or new wood? Wait to prune and ask us first!
- All zones can prune roses now. Cut the stems down to nodes with a leaf containing five leaflets. (Sketch) Cut a few branches out from the center to improve air circulation and prevent disease.
- We all know April is known for its showers, but if precipitation has been light, make sure you irrigate. Keep a close eye on newly planted perennials and shrubs and any container plantings.
- Warmer zones (8-11) can start planting warm-season annuals!