Things to do in April

Fertilize:

Tomatoes and peppers should be fed with a liquid fertilizer. Feed crape myrtle beneath the branch spread with 1/3 cup complete fertilizer per sq. yd. After second mowing, fertilize lawn with 3-1-2 ratio product; aerate first, if needed. Fertilize all houseplants with complete fertilizer.

Mulch trees, shrubs, vegetable garden and flower beds (after soil has warmed) with 2-4 inches of mulch. Pine needles and oak leaves make a good mulch for acid-loving plants. Spread coffee grounds around azaleas and other acid-loving plants.

Water:

Water as needed.

Transplant:

Divide and transplant late summer-and fall-flowering bulbs. Container-grown plants (almost any kind) can go into the ground now. Plant summer annuals to get their root systems established before the extreme heat arrives.

Lawn Care:

Plant grass sod or plugs. Water daily for one or two weeks to establish. Begin regular lawn care. Mow every 5-7 days, leaving the clippings on the lawn. Keep St. Augustine grass at 2-1/2 to 3 inches.

 

Things To Plant In April:

Flower Plants:

  • Ageratum
  • Ajuga
  • Joseph’s Coat (Amaranthus)
  • Balsam
  • Wax Begonia
  • Blue Daze
  • Blue Cardinal Flower
  • Boltonia
  • Scarlet Bouvardia
  • Calico Plant
  • Chocolate Plant
  • Cigar Plant (Cuphea Ignea)
  • Cockscomb
  • Coleus
  • Columbine
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Copper Plant
  • Coreopsis
  • Cosmos sulphureus
  • Dahlia
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Feverfew
  • Geranium
  • Gomphrena
  • Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Impatiens
  • Jacobinia
  • Lantana
  • Marigold (African, French and Mexican Mint)
  • Nierembergia
  • Penta
  • Periwinkle
  • Persian Shield
  • Plumbago
  • Phlox drummondii
  • Portulaca
  • Purslane
  • Rudbeckia hirta
  • Salvia
  • Sedum
  • Stokes’ Aster
  • Sunflower (Helianthus)
  • Wishbone Flower (Torenia)
  • Yarrow
  • Zinnia

Flower Seeds:

  • Ageratum
  • Balsam
  • Castor Bean
  • Celosia
  • Cleome
  • Cockscomb
  • Coleus
  • Coral Vine
  • Cosmos
  • Cypress Vine
  • Dahlia (Dwarf)
  • Coneflower (Echinacea)
  • Feverfew
  • Four-o’clock
  • Globe Amaranth
  • Gourd
  • Impatiens
  • Linaria
  • Nasturtium
  • Marigold
  • Moonflower
  • Morning Glory
  • Periwinkle
  • Petunia
  • Pinks
  • Portulaca
  • Scabiosa
  • Sunflower
  • Sweet Pea (Perennial)
  • Tithonia
  • Torenia
  • Vinca
  • Zinnia

Bulbs:

  • Achimenes
  • Acidanthera
  • Allium
  • Alstroemeria
  • Amarcrinum
  • Amaryllis
  • Ground Orchid (Bletilla)
  • Caladium
  • Calla
  • Canna
  • Crinum
  • Dahlia
  • Daylily
  • Dietes
  • Ginger
  • Gladiolus
  • Gloriosa Daisy
  • Hosta
  • Spider Lily (Hymerocallis)
  • Hypoxis
  • Liriope
  • Monkey Grass
  • Rain Lily
  • Society Garlic
  • Tigridia

Vegetables:

  • Early—Mid Month: Pepper, Radish, Squash, Tomato
  • ALL Month: Amaranth, Bean, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Muskmelon, Okra, Peanuts, Pumpkin, Southern Pea, Sweet Potato, Tomatillo, Watermelon

Herbs:

  • Anise
  • Star Anise
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Borage
  • Bouncing Bet
  • Caraway
  • Catnip
  • Chives
  • Comfrey
  • Costmary
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Fenugreek
  • Scented Geranium
  • Germander
  • Horehound
  • Horseradish
  • Lamb’s Ear
  • Lavender
  • Lemon Grass
  • Lemon Verbena
  • Mexican Mint Marigold (a great substitute for French Tarragon)
  • Monarda
  • Oregano
  • Perilla
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Santolina
  • Summer Savory
  • Winter Savory
  • Sesame
  • Sorrel
  • Southernwood
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Common Wormwood
  • Roman Wormwood
  • Yarrow

Fruit:

  • Bare root or container grown Pecans
  • Fruit trees
  • Grapes
  • Berry bushes