Top 6 Must Do’s for April 2020!

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There’s plenty to do this month (water, plant, feed, lawn care) but here’s a few tips to help with your wellbeing and your gardening space.

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. Spend Time Outdoors

The stay at home order does NOT mean to stay indoors. Numerous studies show the benefit of gardening for our overall health. Physical, mental, and spiritual wellness will help each of us during this time. Spend time growing food, planting flowers, or adding a garden for birds, bees, and butterflies to enjoy. Gardening enriches our lives now and our future. Create your sanctuary.

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 growing and will need more food to continue looking their best. Check the April Garden Guide for our best suggestions.

4. Plant Trees & Shrubs

You can plant most trees and shrubs year-round, but these will greatly benefit by planting now. This gives them time to start growing and you more time to enjoy.  Some favorites are Crape Myrtles, Mountain Laurels, Wild Olive, Bottlebrush, Garden Roses, Hibiscus, Citrus.

5. Share Tips with New Gardeners

Lots of people are growing plants & working on their new 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. Share your South Texas secrets via social media, Facetime, etc. while we practice social distancing. 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!


16 Comments on “Top 6 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”

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