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Year-round gardening: Don't plant but do maintain as April arrives

By: Fredricka Bogardus Colorado Master Gardener
March 31, 2018 Updated: March 31, 2018 at 10:45 am
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Gardeners have lots to do in April, but beware. We still could have snow and freezing temperatures, so wait till mid-May before planting frost-sensitive greenery.

Maintenance needed now:

- Finish cleanup of garden debris, cutting back ornamental grasses if not already done.

- Dig up weeds.

- Prune any broken or damaged branches.

- Replace mulch if needed.

- Heed the weather and cover tender foliage with cloth, box or bucket if temperature drops below 25 degrees, removing the covers the next morning.

- Hang some pheromone traps for yellow jackets. Trapping them early reduces nesting by these aggressive wasps.

For your lawn:

- Core aerate your turf.

- Consider over-seeding or applying a pre-emergent

weed control. Don't do both, as the weed control will prevent the seed from sprouting.

- Apply fertilizer to cool season lawns.

- Water as needed.

- Start mowing if grass exceeds 3 inches tall.

For trees and shrubs:

- Plant trees and shrubs as early as you can work the ground, and water them well until they're established.

- If tree trunks are wrapped, remove wrapping early in April.

- Now is the time to plant bare-root roses. Soak roots for 12 hours before planting.

- Deer and rabbits are hungry, so consider deer repellent for plants they occasionally browse.

- Remove mulch from around rose plants.

- Prune dead or damaged canes first, and prune remaining canes to 1 to 2 feet.

- Fertilize with a rose food formulation of 9-14-9.

- For climbing roses, do not prune live canes but do cut back any dead or damaged canes.

For vegetables:

- Plant cool season vegetables, lettuce, spinach, kale, peas and beets once soil temperature is up to 40 degrees Farenheit. Thin plants when they emerge.

- Start tomatoes, peppers and basil from seed indoors.

For flowers:

- Start seeds of flowers such as zinnias and celosia that need four weeks to germinate before planting outside.

- Transplant summer- and autumn-blooming perennials.

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