April

  • April 15th is typically considered the ‘last frost’ date for our area. It’s okay to plant annuals now, just protect new plantings from cold nighttime temperatures.
  • Begin mowing routine. Be sure to cut fescue at 3” or higher to prevent brown out.
  • Mid April apply Milorganite to lawn, and as an option… crabgrass preventer without fertilizer.
  • Can apply a weed & feed to lawns after weeds have appeared.
  • Seed or sod new lawns.
  • Define bed & turf edges.
  • Divide perennials & groundcovers as needed.
  • Finish heavy pruning of Shrub Roses.
  • Plant container or box Roses now.
  • As daytime temperatures warm up, start spraying herbicides as needed. Follow label instructions.
  • Spray Azalea, Rhododendron, Pieris & Pyracantha, if signs of lace bugs (follow label instructions).
  • Fertilize blooming bulbs.
  • As bulbs finish blooming, divide & transplant.
  • Great time to transplant trees & shrubs. Continue planting new trees & shrubs.
  • Start planting your perennials now.
  • Remember to water newly installed plant material & lawns, evenly & thoroughly (if no significant rainfall). Lawns need at least 1” of water weekly and plant material need a thorough watering until established.
  • Keep in mind that it’s best to plant when the soil is fairly dry. If you must plant when soil is wet, use dry peat moss as an amendment to absorb excess moisture.
  • Replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 3” to 4”.
  • Continue to prune any dead, broken or diseased branches from trees & shrubs, but consider each plant variety before heavy pruning this time of year. Some plants require pruning before blooming or leafing out and some require pruning after they finish blooming or leafing out.
  • Keep in mind when planting…great bed prep leads to great plants!
  • Service irrigation systems.
  • As days get warmer, start feeding pond fish.
  • Thinking about any hardscapes plans (like decks, patios, fire pits, screen porches, etc.)? Call Reliable Landscaping now at 540-842-7685 or contact us online so we can create a design for summer installation.