April Flower - Sweet Pea

Household Tips

  • Check air pressure in tires for better gas mileage
  • Clean or replace heating filter
  • Clean out fireplace and check for creosote buildup.
  • Check for low spots around foundation making sure that the ground slopes away from the house.
  • Make sure mower blade is sharp.
  • Fertilize house plants with Sure Bloom.

Lawn and Garden Tips

  • When Apple, Crabapple and Hawthorne trees begin to bloom, generally the 5th to the 15th, spray with Immunox fungicide and spreader sticker added every two weeks for cedar apple rust and apple scab. Continue spraying until the 1st of June.
  • Vinegar grass and weed killer - mix one cup salt, 1 qt. warm water and add to one gallon of vinegar.
  • Spray for peach tree borer with Hi-Yield lawn, garden, pet and livestock insect control.
  • Remove mulch from roses and prune back 6-10 inches.
  • Roses: Use Bayer All-in-one Rose and Flower for fertiliizing, insect, and disease control. Use at four to six week intervals till mid august.
  • Start cucumber, cantaloupe, summer squash and watermelon seeds indoors in peat pots.
  • Finish sowing seeds of all cool-season vegetables not yet planted outdoors.
  • Plants started indoors should be hardened off outdoors in cold frames before being transplanted into the garden.
  • Early spring prune all shade trees except maple and birch, trim those in late spring. Do not use a pruning sealer. Use Cut Guard Biological Plant Wound Dressing.
  • Apply Earth Right to loosen soil to lawn and landscape beds.
  • Towards the end of the month plant summer flowering bulbs.
  • Apply Hummert Dimension pre-emergent crabgrass control with fertilizer if not done in march.
  • Apply broadleaf weed control - Gordon's Speedzone with spreader sticker added if necessary, or use Bonide Weed Beater Ultra (already has spreader sticker in it).
  • Short mow warm season grasss - Zoysia and Bermuda after april 15th. Mow as short as possible without scalping.
  • Apply Preen to all landscape and flower beds to reduce weeds.

Planting Dates

Asparagus
4/1 - 4/20  
Rhubarb
4/1 - 4/20  
Beans
4/15 - 5/20  
Corn
4/25 - 4/25