April Gardening Tips

What can I plant now?
Bedding Plants:  April is a good time to plant coleus.  They provide wonderful color and interest to your garden.  Other bedding plants to consider are angelonia, wax begonia, and zinnia flower.  To learn more about planting annuals, click Here.

Vegetables: Now is a good time to plan beans, tomatoes, squash, and corn. Click Here to learn more about planting vegetables in North Florida. Here is another great resource for Vegetable Gardening.

Bulbs: Now is a great time to plant bulbs in your garden.  Consider trying blood lily, caladium, or canna.  Click Here to learn more about planting bulbs.

Herbs: Herbs that do well in the warmer temperatures are basil, oregano, sage, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.  Click Here to learn about planting edible ginger. Click Here to learn more about planting herbs in North Florida.

What maintenance is required this month?

Pests:  Monitor your the new growth on your plants for aphids.  Click Here to learn more.

Beneficial Insects:  Click Here to learn about how some insects in your yard may be beneficial to you and your plants.

Lawns: It's a good idea of apply a fertilizer to your yard when new growth appears.  Click Here to learn more.

Perennials and bulbs:  Perennials and bulbs can be divided and spread if you want to fill in a certain section of your yard.  You can also pass along some to friends.  Click Here to learn more about planting perennials.

Pruning Shrubs & Trees: A great time to prune trees and shrubs is when the dormant time has ended and new growth begins.  Click Here to learn more about pruning shrubs and trees.  Once azaleas have finished blooming, prune them back to keep their form and to reduce their size.  Click Here to learn more about caring for azaleas.

Fertilize Shrubs & Palms:  If palms and shrubs need a boost, now is a good time to fertilze.  Choose a fertilizer with at least 30% slow release nitrogen. Click on the following links to learn about palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_palm_nutrition , fertililzing palms http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ep261, and  landscape fertilization    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_landscape_fertilization

Irrigation:  Before the weather gets too hot, check irrigation systems for any mal-functions or sprayers that are not aligned correctely. Click Here to learn more.

Always good to...
Trim St. Augustine grass at 3-4" high  
Deadhead flowers to promote growth
Check your irrigation system to ensure plants receive enough water

For more information on lawn tips, please visit http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/lawn_and_garden/

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