Thursday, April 2, 2015

To Do In April

So just in case you have some spare time this weekend - bwaa ha ha - here, courtesy of Sloat Nursery in Danville, CA, is what to do in your garden now.  If you live in California.  In the north.  

If you are still shivering under a blanket of snow, may I recommend a Caribbean vacation?  Or a realtor?


  • Prune back herbaceous perennials (example: salvia), to promote plant bushiness.
  • Grow your own food this summer! Now is the time to plant edibles like lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, zucchini and berries. Consider a soaker hose to conserve water in your vegetable garden.
  • Prevent powdery mildew and rust on roses and other plants with Bonide Neem Oil. Already have a powdery mildew problem? Treat with Actinovate or Serenade.
  • Aphids are beginning to appear. Stop them early with Bonide Neem Oil.
  • Tomatoes: choose a large cage — your plants will surely grow larger!
  • Plant a tree, shrub, flower or edible for Earth Day or Arbor Day.
  • Stake perennials like Delphinium, Foxglove, peony, coreopsis, garden phlox, hollyhock, centranthus, and Shasta daisy.
  • Start planting summer annuals like lobelia, begonia, marigolds, cosmos, petunias, snapdragon and alyssum. Use Sure Start fertilizer for new plantings to establish them quickly.
  • Apply a lawn fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Nature’s Green to green up your grass gently.
  • Stock up on a season’s-worth of top quality, plant-specific fertilizers from E.B. Stone.The “Naturals” and “Organics” lines are environmentally friendly.
  • Snails and slugs are hatching in your garden right now. Non-toxic Sluggo can help.
  • Mulch vegetable and flower beds with Sloat Forest Mulch Plus.
  • Release ladybugs, praying mantis, and other beneficial insects to help control aphids, mites, whiteflies, and other garden pests. If you release beneficial insects, please don’t spray for garden pests.
  • Work cover crops into the soil before they seed.
  • Say yes to summer bulbs! Plant gladiolus, dahlias & lilies.  Put stakes in place at the time of planting.
  • Shop for clematis and other spring bloomers.
  • It’s also time to start choosing and planting summer perennials: Penstemon, Salvia, Argyranthemum...

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