Top 5 Must Do’s for April 2020!

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There’s plenty to do this month – get ready for gatherings, lawn care, new plantings, and more. Here’s a few tips to help!

Check out our April Garden Guide for more tips and remember that trees, shrubs, and perennials can be planted 12 months out of the year! The only difference is the amount of water they need depending on temperatures and wind!

1. Get Ready For Family & Friends!

Spring is here! April is time for holidays, great Coastal Bend weather, and outdoor gatherings with friends and family. A few pots or baskets of color can instantly transform your front porch. Maybe you could create a new outdoor seating area? Or add some big impact to your patio with a banana plant. Lots of possibilities. Bring pictures of your outdoor spaces and we can help with ideas.

2. Know Your Bugs

We get questions daily about various bugs found in and around gardens & homes –  caterpillars are usually at the top of the list. Now, not all caterpillars are considered “bad”. We love our Monarchs, Swallowtails & other butterflies. Some, like the tussock moth and oakleaf caterpillar can do minimal damage to trees & gardens. And some can sting, like Asp or IO caterpillars. Get to know your caterpillars so you can enjoy them as you spend time outdoors. There are lots of good caterpillar resources online – here’s one!

3. Feed Your Lawn & Plants

Fertilizing or feeding your plants is a priority. This includes lawns, trees, and most plants. Everything is actively growing, which means they’ll  need more food to continue looking their best. Check the April Garden Guide for our best suggestions.

4. Anchor Your Landscape With Trees

You can plant most trees year-round, but these favs will greatly benefit by planting now:  Citrus, Crape Myrtles, Mountain Laurels, Wild Olive, and Bottlebrush. Planting now gives them time to start growing and you more time to enjoy. 

5. Share Tips with New Gardeners

Lots of people are out gardening & working on their green thumbs. Wonderful! Chances are, if you’re a regular here at Gill’s, you know a thing or 2 about gardening. Now is a great time to share tips for success with friends and neighbors. You can always connect with us on Facebook and Instagram or send questions & pics to Help us encourage new gardeners to subscribe to the Gill Garden News!

Check out our April Garden Guide for more tips!


24 Comments on “Top 5 Must Do’s for April 2020!”

    1. Yes you can . You need at least 3-4 days of sunshine with no rain and that looks like Monday would be perfect after this weekends chance of rain. Sunny for the week again.

  1. Hi,
    I found a little green worm when I was trimming branches on my oak tree, what’s the best thing for that? I have a sprayer that I use to spray weeds in the easement behind the house.

  2. I saw you mentioned treating for grubs around July 4th…..I had always heard, by July 4th they are too deep to treat effectively. I am guessing that is not correct by your post?

    1. Grubs are hatched and juvenile, the most vulnerable stage to insecticides, at that time. They are not deep, because they are very actively feeding on the grass roots.

      1. This would be a very safe and conservative approach based on the presumption that your pets are grazing on the grass. You will see in the MSDS information- “Conclusion: Very low toxicity to humans or animals”

  3. How about plugging in floratam with 20 yr old Raleigh St Augustine? I have LOTS of “dead spots” . I will apply Natures Blend compost to fertilize..+ daily watering.

  4. I see that wild olive is listed with the trees that can be planted now. We grew fruit bearing olives when we lived in Tucson, but will they thrive here? Does a wild olive tree just shade, or does it have fruit on it?

    1. So many different factors! Size of plant and amount of foliage in relation to the size of the pot. Planted in sun or shade. Season of planting. Clay or loose sandy soil. Open to wind, or sheltered by building, trees, other shrubs. Etc. And it varies with the weather each day. Is it cloudy or sunny? Windy or calm? If you follow a calendar schedule, you will be wrong when the weather changes. Best thing is to use a moisture meter ($7.99) and check every morning, while considering the days forecast. If your meter is down to the lower quarter, water. If it is in the top quarter and not too hot or windy that day, skip until checking again tomorrow morning. By this means you will start to learn the moisture requirements of your different plants.

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