April Gardening Checklist for Midwest
Ready. Steady. Grow!
Throughout fall and winter, our gardens are exposed to harsh elements (snow, sleet, rain).
Our flowers and trees go into a sort of hibernation until next spring!
However, preparing your garden for the onslaught of flowers of every color and leaves is incredibly important!
Following are some tips that will help even novice gardeners in preparing their little plot of garden for the coming spring.
First Things First – Clean Up
As the first step of preparing your garden for the spring, clean-up is important. Take a survey of all garden beds and lawn. You will see dead and broken branches, leaves, and other debris lying around. Pick it up.
Your spring bulbs and plants will start popping out of the ground anytime. You will lessen the risk of stepping and damaging the growing plants, the sooner you clean out the beds. Also remember to prune bushes and trees. Trim off broken or dead branches too.
Take Out Your Mower And Mow Away!
You might have to send your mower and leaf blower for servicing, if you haven’t done that already. Refill the mower with oil, lubricate moving parts if necessary and start your day. Clear the lawn of winter debris first before mowing. Also look for areas in the garden that need reseeding.
Add High Grade Mulch to the Soil
Fertilizers and organic materials help the soil’s ability to grow flowers and fruits. However, enhance your garden’s abilities by adding mulch to your flower beds and garden. This helps in preventing weeds and diseases! 1–3 inches of mulch to soil will help.
Additionally, mulch provides vital nutrients to the soil. It also helps in maintaining temperature and keeping moisture in the soil. Rule of Thumb: Lay mulch a few inches from the plant stems. This prevents plant roots from rotting.
Grow Heat-Loving Vegetables
Spring is the best time to grow heat-loving vegetables. However, most gardeners plant these seeds too soon, which is why they don’t germinate and start to rot.
Certain crops prefer warm soil (60 degrees F), so plant seeds when the soil is warm enough. You can plant green beans, squash, melons, corn, and cucumber very easily.
How will you know when the soil is at the right temperature for planting? Walk barefoot on the grass. If the temperature is just right for walking on the grass barefoot without experiencing cold toes, it’s also right for planting.
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