April 2019 Newsletter

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Happy, happy SPRING! April is a month of great change in the garden. Our last frost date is around April 15th. The average temperature ranges from 67 degrees during the day and 45 degrees at night in early April, to daytime highs in upper 70's/low 80's, with night time lows in the mid 50's by the end of the month. It's time to make sure you have all of the supplies you need to JUMP into the garden. 

It is definitely time to switch your annual gardens and containers to our warmer weather plants. Remember, warm weather plants will get you through the entire summer until our last killing frost in the fall. Purchase your summer annuals/tropicals/perennials early because they go fast. For an entire list of things to do in the garden this month, please see our section on April in the Garden.

We have a wonderful selection of annuals, perennials, trees, vines, shrubs and more for you to choose from!

Also be sure to visit our Gift Shop for a taste of what your indoor space could look like this Spring season. You’ll leave feeling refreshed and inspired!

 
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APRIL IN THE GARDEN

  • Continue to plant trees and shrubs, making sure you properly amend the soil. Dig the hole about 2 times the width of the root ball and equally as deep. Mix 1/3 composted Cow Manure, 1/3 Soil Conditioner and 1/3 of the existing soil and DON'T FORGET the Bio Tone starter plus fertilizer.

  • If you haven't already, prune evergreens, removing all dead, diseased and undesirable wood. Add Holly Tone!

  • Prune Forsythia or any blooming shrub AFTER the blooms are spent.

  • Fertilize trees and shrubs if you haven't already. Use Holly Tone, Plant Tone or for plants that really need a boost, use Ferti-Lome Start & Grow.

  • As you walk through your garden you may begin to notice winter damage from the colder weather we had earlier in the month. Sometimes winter damage takes time to show. Prune out damaged branches and fertilize with a product like Ferti-Lome's Start and Grow. Usually, damaged plants need heat to flush out new growth, so be patient. Of course you can always bring us a picture or a cutting and we can help you plan a good course for recovery. 

  • Fertilize hybrid tea roses and apply a systemic fungicide and insecticide to protect the plant. 

  • Plant and refresh perennial beds. Add Ferti-Lome Bedding Plant Food or Flower Tone.

  • Divide Daylily, Iris, Mum, Daisy and Phlox plants.

  • Refresh your tired containers and pots with fresh summer annuals.

  • After last threat of frost, put out geraniums and other summer annuals.

  • Deadhead spring bulbs, but do NOT cut the green foliage-let it die naturally. 

  • If you have not already, fertilize your lawn for spring green. 

  • Consider thatching your grass and over seeding.

  • Sharpen your lawnmower blades if you did not take care of that earlier.

  • Don't forget your indoor plants! Clean them up, check for insects and repot if necessary. We have different houseplant specific soils, fertilizers and pesticides.

  • If taking your houseplants outdoors for the spring and summer, remember to double check the temperature requirements of each plant and do NOT put them in a bright sunny spot right away. They are used to being inside and need a very gradual adjustment to being outside.   

 

Benefits of Using Organic Products in the Garden…

With the influx of organic products on the market lately, many folks wonder about the benefits of organic products over synthetic fertilizers. Both organic and synthetic fertilizers add nutrients to your soil. Synthetic fertilizers are often "quick release" and need to be applied less frequently than their organic cousins. Care must be taken to apply only the correct amount and not to over apply. These fertilizers result in quick strong growth, rapid greening and bright blooms. 

Organic fertilizers also release nutrients, but as organic fertilizers break down, they improve the structure of the soil and increase its ability to hold water and nutrients. Because they are "slow release", it's very difficult to over fertilize (and harm) your plants. Organic products yield the same strong growth, greening and bright blooms. 

As always, we have a great selection of I Must Garden products, and Espoma products (think Plant Tone, Holly Tone).

Our garden staff is always happy to help you make the correct decision on product selection for your yard. 

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