Posted by: Your Personal Garden Coach Lynda | April 10, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I have been grateful for the cooler weather.  Last year, spring happened so fast, there was no time to correctly prune roses, summer flowering shrubs and I was crazy busy trying to help everyone out.  If you haven’t pruned your roses yet, get to it!  All ornamental grasses should be cut to 4-6 inches from the ground.  Prune hard the burning bush, barberries and privets that are too big for their location.  Tip prune evergreens to shape.  Cut the old growth from perennials off.  Don’t prune spring flowering shrubs until they are done blooming.

You still have time to plant cool season vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and snow peas. And, while you are getting down and dirty, divide those hostas, sedum, daylilies, black-eyed susans, asters, coneflower and any other summer/fall blooming perennials as soon as you see new growth. PICT0042 (6)

All this rain has been wonderful.  A drought is still being predicted for this year though. Rake up all the dead leaves around your plants now.  Either run them through the chipper/shredder or bag it.  You should put down fresh mulch.  Mulching is important.  You need at least one inch around the perennials, 2 inches around shrubs and 4 inches deep around trees.  It may seem like a lot, but the purpose is to retain moisture, not just look good.

The cooler weather is perfect for repairing lawn problems and attacking the weeds.  It is much easier to spend a little time in the garden now, pulling the weeds while they are small and the soil moist, than it is later when its dry and the roots are deeper.  You should get your lawn mower blades sharpened now, too.

There’s lots to do in April.  I like to tease and say ‘You’re a fool if you don’t fertilize in April.”  I should add cleaning up, pruning and mulching to that!  Enjoy the cool weather and plant something that will make you smile this summer!



  1. Thanks Lyn!! If it ever stops SNOWING here in Northern Michigan I will be doing all this stuff..maybe not till May!!


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