Spring is here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The Spring equinox has come and gone and warmer days are officially on the horizon. At least, I hope so! You can never really tell what kind of weather is in store in our neck of the woods! However, now that the chilly weather has finally run its course (hopefully), it’s time to really start planting. Get started on your Spring gardening with these projects and tips. It’s time to finally get your hands dirty. It is April after all. Are you excited? I know I am!
April Gardening Tips
Work On Your Lawn Edging
April is the perfect month to do your first project in terms of lawn maintenance. To start things off right this growing season, work on your lawn edging in the first month of April. Whether you build a border of some sort or plant something that will work great as edging, April is the time to do it, and you’ll notice the difference all season long.
Prepare Your Soil For Planting
It’s time to get your soil ready for Spring! Pick a weekend in April and use it to work mulch or compost into your soil. If you don’t have access to a good mulch, compost, or manure, sprinkle in a few cups of fertilizer. Just making sure you don’t forget this step alone is what will determine if your garden is healthy all year long. Seriously! Just working in some fertilizer can really raise the yield of your plants!
Plant Spring Annuals
If you haven’t sown the first seeds in your garden, now is the time. Plant petunias, zinnias, marigolds, coneflowers, and other Spring annuals to make sure that they start off on the correct foot for the growing season. After your Spring annuals are planted and happy, start work on your container gardens, too!
Set Up Your Compost Area
If you plan to utilize compost this season, April is the perfect time to set aside some room for doing so. Dig a sizable hole, build a crate-like structure, or purchase a compost bin, just make sure you are ready for your plans come summer. And now that you have a space for your compost, you can regularly add to your compost pile. Mix in things like grass clippings, paper, and vegetable peelings for a nutrient-rich mix.
Plant Warm-Season Veggies
Start growing cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, beans, eggplant, cantaloupe, peppers, radishes, cabbage, lettuce, and melons in late April for a mid-summer harvest. And after you’ve finished planting your favorite veggies, take a moment to plant your favorite summer herbs, as well. The garden is just starting to liven up in April, are you ready for it?