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In Your Garden: What to do in April

  • Prune back herbaceous perennials (for example: salvias), to promote plant bushiness, and prevent plants from getting too leggy.
  • Grow your own groceries this summer! Now is the time to plant edibles like tomatoes, herbs, zucchini and berries. Consider a soaker hose to conserve water in your vegetable garden.
  • Prevent powdery mildew and rust on roses and other plants with Bonide Neem Oil. Already have a powdery mildew problem? Treat with Monterey Complete Disease Control.
  • Aphids are beginning to appear. Stop them early with Bonide Neem Oil.
  • Tomatoes: choose a large cage — your plants will surely grow larger!
  • Plant a tree, shrub, flower or edible for Earth Day or National Arbor Day.
  • Stake perennials like Delphinium, Foxgloves, Peonies, Coreopsis, Phlox, Hollyhocks, Centranthus, and Shasta Daisies, you can even use a tomato cage for your Peonies!
  • Start planting summer annuals like Lobelia, Begonias, Impatiens, Marigolds, Cosmos, Petunias, Snapdragons and Sweet Alyssum. Use E.B. Stone Organic Sure Start Fertilizer for new plantings to establish them quickly.
  • Apply a lawn fertilizer such as E.B. Stone Nature’s Green to green up your grass and groundcovers gently.
  • Stock up on a season’s-worth of top quality, plant-specific fertilizers from E.B. Stone. The “Naturals” and “Organics” lines are environmentally friendly.
  • Snails and slugs are hatching in your garden right now. Non-toxic Sluggo can control them.
  • Mulch vegetable and flower beds with GreenAll Micro Bark.
  • Release ladybugs, praying mantis, and other beneficial insects to help control aphids, mites, whiteflies, and other garden pests. If you release beneficial insects, please don’t spray for garden pests.
  • Work cover crops into the soil before they seed, let all that good organic matter decompose and enrich your soil.