by Bob the Gardener
April showers bring May flowers! At this time of year, it’s time to prepare flower beds and lawns for spring. The time that you spend in prepping will help your plants thrive and makes maintenance easier later. Here are some simple steps for getting your gardens ready.
- Remove all leaves.
- Cut back perennials if required.
- Clean all leaves from Hostas if present.
- Prune shrubs (flowering).
- Remove leaves from the lawn.
- Around the end of April, cut the lawn on a high setting (3-3.5 inches).
- Overseed lawn with grass seed; by overseeding, it will help with the weeds.
- Apply fertilizer to the lawn (high nitrogen, e.g. 24-5-5). To save a step, you can use a farm fertilizer seeder with maximum 50% fertilizer and 50% grassy seed.
- Always water after applying or seed on a day when rain is in the forecast.
It’s time to start seeds inside for your garden. For a vegetable garden, start your tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and lettuce. For flower beds, start seeding blooms such as marigolds, dahlias, and zinnias. Use a good seed-starting soil for your seeds. When seeding:
- Fill container with soil.
- Water with warm water.
- After seeding, cover container with plastic.
- Remove plastic when you see plants.
- Keep plant soil moist.
- Place seeds in a sunny location.
Bob will be leading garden tours as part of our summer recreation schedule.