In April, your lawn and garden can keep you as busy as a worker bee in a flower patch. Take time to enjoy your plans and the anticipation of all the fruits of your labor because there is work aplenty. Remember that in the Tampa, Florida, area you can find all of your gardening supplies at Cypress Creek Landscape Supply. In addition to Florida-friendly flowers, trees, shrubs, and other plants, we offer bulk materials such as gravel, topsoil, marble chips, railroad ties, and egg rock. We carry a huge selection of lawn care essentials so that we can be your one-stop Garden Center. Our commitment is to get anything else you need that isn’t already on hand, if at all possible.
The following are some of the important tasks to do in your garden in April.
To prepare for planting, you probably have dead leaves, branches, and other debris in your lawn and garden to clear out. Consider whether it’s time to remove old herbaceous perennials while weeding your garden. Spring is the ideal time to prune various trees and plants because the branch structure is plain to see. It’s your opportunity to shape plants before they begin energizing budding branches. Remember that pruning is like a surgeon’s work that could spread disease if you aren’t careful. Before each cut, sterilize your pruners using isopropyl alcohol and a clean rag. Some of the plants to prune including the following:
After cleanup and pruning are completed, it’s time to prepare the garden soil for planting.
Add nourishment to the soil to feed beneficial microorganisms, encourage insect activity, and supply plants with essential components they need to grow, such as added minerals. Well-rotted manure is an excellent fertilizer, as is compost. If you don’t have either, a slow-release fertilizer is also a good option.
Treat your plants so that they will keep out destructive pests. It’s normal for slugs, snails, and aphids to discreetly hibernate in the crowns of perennial plants all winter. With the warmer weather, they come out of hiding and do major damage to spring and summer gardens.
Add treatment to keep white vine weevil larvae away, too, because the larvae will feed on your plant roots, otherwise.
Lilies, Dahlias, Gladiolas, and other summer flowering bulbs should be planted in April. Bulbs thrive when you mix peat moss, processed manure, and bulb fertilizer into your garden soil. This is the right time to plant the annual seeds of Marigolds, Cosmos, Asters, Petunias, and Zinnias. The work you put in now will pay off with nice blooms in summer.
You may also want to plant summer vegetables such as eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, okra, and cucumbers. Fertilizing and reseeding your lawn may also be on your list of April tasks. Prepare an order from Cypress Creek Landscape Supply online anytime, give us a call today at 813-933-7944, or stop by at 12734 N. Florida Avenue when our 2-acre oasis is open.