April To Do’s

Lawn Care
  •  Fertilize when the grass is actively growing, Apply Gill Lawn and Garden 13-1-3 or Green Diamond 21-7-14 to your lawn. Water in well (approximately 30 minutes per area).
  •  Organic fertilizers such as Milorganite.
  • Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, or Medina Growin’ Green will feed your lawn and soil with minimal watering.
  •  Eliminate broadleaf weeds with Ortho Weed B Gon for Southern Lawns & grassy weeds with Image. Water lawn 2 days prior to application.
  •  Lay new sod anytime, bermuda seed anytime this month.
  •  Only water every 7 to 14 days if we don’t get rain – water deeply (1”per area. It’s best to water in the morning. This helps to reduce problems with fungus.)

For best lawn health in clay soil, sprinklers should be run for short times but repeated several times in the same morning, so water can soak in before more water is added. Water deep and then refrain from watering for 7 to 14 days to train roots to go deep.

Plant
  • Late spring, summer blooming annuals and perennials:
  • For sunny areas, try zinnias, periwinkles, moss rose, purslane, lantana, blue daze, false heather, salvia, ice plant, gomphrena, ruellia, coreopsis, and pentas
  • For shady areas, try caladiums, impatiens, coleus, begonias, ageratum, shrimp plant, torenia, agapanthus and snowbush
  • Seeds: Okra, beans, black eyed peas, watermelon, ornamental gourds, cantaloupe, morning glory, moonflower, zinnias, sunflowers, gomphrena
  • Transplant: peppers, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, and strawberries
  • All container grown:
  • Hardy and tropical trees, shrubs, vines, grasses, groundcovers, and citrus trees

Make the best of the spring season and be sure to FERTILIZE your lawn and landscape this month if you have not done so yet. Many plants started growing in March but will now need the extra food to keep looking their best including your lawn.

Fertilize
  • Your azaleas, gardenias, and magnolias with Azalea Food or Miracle Gro ACR for acid loving plants, organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo, or Texas Green Sand.
  • All hibiscus and tropical bloomers with Hibiscus Food, Organically with Maestro Gro-Rose Glo.
  • All trees and shrubs with Gill Lawn and Garden Fertilizer, Green Diamond Supreme Lawn Food, organically with Milorganite, Medina Growin’ Green or Lady Bug Lawn and Garden.
  • Annuals and perennials with Miracle Gro or Osmocote Time Release Granules, organically with Medina Growin’ Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • Established roses with Bayer Rose & Flower Care, organically with Maestro Rose Glo or Plant Tone
  • Established citrus trees (3 years or older) with ammonium sulfate 21-0-0 available in 4 to 40 Lb. bags, organically with Medina Growing
  • Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Plant Tone or Citrus Tone
  • Cool weather vegetables with ammonium sulfate, organically with Medina Growin’ Green, Lady Bug Lawn and Garden, Hasta Gro, Maestro Rose Glo, or Plant Tone
  • All granular fertilizer should be watered in well.
Prune
  • All early spring bloomers if not already done, such as azaleas, indian hawthorn and caroline jessamine
  • Trim hedges as needed to maintain good form
  • Poinsettias to approximately 12” tall
Watch Out For
  • Outbreaks of aphids, caterpillars, whitefly, scale, snails, pillbugs and beetles on everything from vegetables to trees. They should be out in full force and hungry.
  • Watch for powdery mildew and blackspot on roses.
To Control
  • Caterpillars – use Liquid Sevin, organically with Dipel Dust, Spinosad or Thuricide.
  • Scale – Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Oil Spray.
  • Beetles, Aphids – Liquid Sevin, Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, organically with Spinosad, or Diatomaceous Earth.
  • Snails, slugs and pillbugs – organically with Sluggo Plus.
  • Fungus, Powdery Mildew – Daconil, Systemic Fungicide, organically with Neem Oil or Serenade.
  • White Fly – Bayer Rose & Flower Spray, Bayer Tree & Shrub, organically with Sticky Traps, Insecticidal Soap or Oil Spay.
  • Watering
  • Water all plants well after planting and regularly through the first year
  • Plants will begin to use more water as they grow and bloom. Outdoor potted plants dry out quickly as do hanging baskets and small annuals
Mulch
  • Apply mulch around trees, flowerbeds and vegetable gardens to reduce weeds and help retain moisture. We like cypress, hardwood and pinestraw mulch. These reduce weeds well and will not float away.