It's April and it's time to get cranking on yard work. Here's a list of what to do in your landscape in April:
  • Schedule your sprinkler activation if you have an irrigation system.
  • Amend the soil in your garden beds with organic compost.
  • Freshen up mulch with a rake and add more if necessary. A layer of mulch should be at least 3 inches deep.
  • Fertilize your lawn with an organic fertilizer. Organic lawn fertilizer is mostly alfalfa based and will break down slowly, meaning your lawn gets fed slowly and consistently. Your turf will be thicker and healthier, but it won't grow as quickly (mow less often!)
  • Plant cool-season crops like lettuce, spinach, kale, broccoli, radishes, cabbage and peas.
  • Start warm-season crops like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and cucumbers indoors so they will be big, healthy and ready to transplant outdoors at the end of May.
  • Prune dead or broken branches from trees and shrubs.
  • Don't prune anything that blooms in early spring, like lilacs.
  • Plant pansies and other cold-hardy annuals outdoors for early spring color.
  • After your tulips, daffodils and crocus have finished blooming, you can cut the flower stem off, but let the foliage die back naturally. The bulb needs to store energy in order to re-bloom next year.

You can also freshen up your hardscape: replace gravel between pavers,