What to do Now!

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It will soon be time to plant tomatoes in the garden. Tomato cages, stakes, fertilizer – have everything on hand so you can hit the ground running for planting in May.

Little weeds, little problems; it’s time to get a handle on weeds before they take over landscape and garden beds. Remember to eliminate all weeds before you consider any of the following options. Option 1. Preen, a pre-emergent weed killer, can be used. Read and follow label directions carefully before you apply. Option 2. Weed shields, (landscape fabric/cloth), are another option for keeping landscape and garden beds free of weeds. Option 3. Mulch, 2-3” maximum, can be used. Do not mulch over the crowns of plants.

It’s time to plant strawberries in strawberry jars. Full sun, water as needed; then harvest and smile!

Sharpen your lawn mower blades, mowing season has begun! Sharp blades cut, not tear, grass blades (which makes the lawn looks better).

Fertilize trees and shrubs now. Use Holly-tone for acid-loving plants; Plant-tone for all others. Read and follow package directions for application rates.

Be on the lookout for early spring weeds – onion grass, dandelions, bittercress and more. Not sure what’s growing where it shouldn’t be? Bring a sample to us for ID and solution.

If you haven’t already, start warm season veggies indoors! Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and all your other summer favorites can be sown now for planting outside in mid-May. Heirlooms, organics, non-GMO’s – all your favorite seeds and supplies can be found at MVN!

Remove mulch from perennial borders. Sunlight will warm the soil and encourage spring growth.

Bare spots in the lawn? If so, it’s time to rake and reseed before opportunistic weeds fill those spots. You’ll need a metal rake, topsoil, starter fertilizer, and grass seed. Rake the lawn free of any debris left from winter. After raking, use quality topsoil to fill in any holes or depressions. When you’re ready to seed, always use quality grass seed. (It’s key to match the seed to the site, for example sunny areas require sunny mixes of grass seed.) Newly seeded areas need to be kept moist; check daily and water accordingly.

Don’t guess; soil test! Gardeners-in-the-know will have their soil tested before they do any spring planting. Learn more.

What’s going on in the late April garden?