Now is a good time to start summer flowering bulbs indoors. Gladiolus, cannas, and dahlias can be started in pots inside and then moved outdoors after danger of frost.
We are now 6-8 weeks away from the average last frost date. You will want to start sowing your seeds indoors now. Stop in at Green Acre for a wide selection of seeds and helpful advice to get you going.
Cut spent flowers on tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other spring flowering bulbs as the flower fades. Do not cut the foliage until it dies naturally. The leaves are necessary to produce food for strong bulbs for next year.
Remove sticks, rocks, and other debris from you lawn to prevent damaging your lawnmower or injuring yourself when mowing. Check your lawnmower and other lawn care equipment in preparation for the coming season. Put a birdhouse in the garden or even a bat house to attract insect-eating friends.
Measure rainfall with a rain gauge posted near the garden so you can tell when to water. The garden needs about one inch of rain per week from April to September.
You can divide most perennials once they've reached about 4" tall. Divide them to prevent over-crowding each other or if you simply want more plants.
Now is a great time to plant bare root stock and perennials.
Be sure to stop in at Green Acre for any advice on pruning or trimming of shrubs, evergreens, fruit trees, roses, landscape trees and perennials.
April thru Mid-May begins your first application of Turfline. Use Crabgrass Preventer plus Fertilizer. Turfline is a unique product as not only is it developed in this area, but it is designed to meet the needs of the soil types specific to this area.