This Month in the Garden: April
April is finally here! April is the start of the gardening season for most zones, and we don’t know about you, but after a long winter, we want nothing more than to get out into our gardens and get digging. To help you best prepare for the month, we’ve come up with a list of garden tasks that you can do this month to get your garden in tip-top shape; we’ve also included a few things that you should avoid doing this month. If you have any questions along the way, reach out to our team, we’re here to help!
Transplant And Divide
April is a great time to transplant and divide most perennials. Plants are best transplanted when dormant, but they’ll still be just fine to transplant if they’re just starting to grow.
Cut Flowering Shrub Stems
Now is a great time for those with spring-blooming shrubs like forsythia and flowering quince to cut some stems and bring them indoors. These stems make stunning arrangements and help your home feel like spring has truly arrived!
Great Garden Tip: Slit lengthwise up stems. This will allow your stems to absorb more water, leading them to look great longer.
Wait On Cutting Back Bulb Foliage
Now’s not the best time to cut back bulb foliage. The best time to cut back is after your spring bulbs completely finish blooming. Let the flowers fall before you pick up those pruning shears! Leaving the leaves remaining is essential if you want your flowering bulbs to come back another year. These bulbs use their leaves to photosynthesize and create food after flowering.
Great Garden Tip: Mix bulbs and perennials in your flowerbeds! By the time the foliage on your bulbs starts to fade, new perennial growth will be rolling in to cover it up, hiding it from view. The more your garden fills in, the less and less you’ll see the spent bulb foliage.