What To Do In Your Southern California Garden in April

The weather outside is really making people think about getting outside and sprucing up their gardens. Here is a list of things that you can start working on this month.

1. Planning, planning, planning! If you haven’t begun planning your garden – get cracking!

2. Planting, planting, planting! So many plants so little time.

3. Trimming - If you have plants that suffered in one of our freezes you can safely remove the dead and damaged portions now. Yes, I know some of you cheated and did this early because you just COULDN’T stand it any longer, now the rest of us can catch up because I doubt there will be another freeze.

Yes, I'm going to say it twice (or maybe three times)

4. Fertilize - If you haven’t started fertilizing your plants yet, now would be the time. The soil is warmer so your plants can really access those nutrients.

5. Fertilize - Don’t forget to feed and water blooming and growing cacti and succulents too.

6. Annuals - If you plant annuals in your garden, take a lap around your local nursery and start planting the beautiful annuals. They are starting to get summer color in

7. Prune - Spring flowering shrubs and vines can be pruned while they are blooming or right after they have finished their show. Early bloomers like Hardenbergia and Gelsemium may be finished by now and ready for a little haircut.

8. Plant Bulbs - April is the month to start planting fall-blooming bulbs you can buy Aconitum, Amaryllis, Begonis, Lycoris, and Trycirtis online at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs or McCLure Zimmerman.

9. Indoors - It is time to feed those houseplants that are growing and blooming, if you didn’t do it in March. If you did, wait till mid-May to fertilize again

10. Tomatoes - If you didn’t go to Tomatomania at Tapia Farms last month, put it on your calendar for April 13 –14 at Otto & Sons in Fillmore. If you can’t make it, you live in Santa Clarita, and want me to pick up some plants for you, call me at 661-917-3521

11. Veggie Garden - Start your summer vegetable and herb garden, if you don’ have a lot of room you can start small with just an herb garden or a couple of tomatoes.

If you would like help beautifying your life, think about creating a garden with me. You can call me at 661-917-3521, contact me via email at julie@thegrassisalwaysgreener.net or visit my website.


Landscape Designers said...

i like the way you started it, basically its the planning that help us build stuff or i better say, beautiful gardens. because everything is planned and followed up accordingly. however, the rest of the points are as good as the first one and one must not miss any of these to keep up with their garden.

~Aansy Stone

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