Successful gardeners in Colorado and the surrounding region know there's always something to do throughout the year. Whether it's planning your layout, starting seeds, planting or fertilizing, InColor is here to offer key steps each month to help keep you on track throughout the year.
Spring is finally here. Can you smell it in the air? We sure can! Let’s look at the Gardener’s Monthly Checklist for April to see what we can do to keep your garden looking its best and healthiest.
1. Check and repair sprinkler systems
If you have a sprinkler system, now’s the perfect time to inspect and make needed repairs while the ground warms up. Check the sprinkler heads as well as the lines themselves to see if you need to make repairs before spring and summer when you need it the most. Be sure to follow local watering rules for your area.
2. Aerate your lawn
Aeration is important for your lawn and gardens as they help thatches break down naturally by mixing the soil into the thatch which helps speed up decomposition. A thatch is a loose, intermingled organic layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that need to be broken apart to let the ground around it thrive once again. You can perform aeration by yourself, but there are plenty of qualified companies that can help you out. If you decide to aerate yourself, remember to put flags or markers near your sprinkler system heads to avoid damage.
3. Prune shrubs and trees
Begin to look for pruning opportunities. For example, perennial rose bushes will need pruning but wait until after buds begin to swell to avoid late frosts that damage new growth. Look for things that bloom early (before June) like trees and shrubs. If you have perennials, do some research to see how best to prune and prepare them for the upcoming spring.
4. Mulch it up
Mulch areas with shrubs, perennials, and fruit trees to keep the soil moist for the upcoming warm months. You can also use it to protect your freshly planted crops — just don’t cover over the base of plants.
The 3rd Friday in April is Arbor Day. It’s time to thank our Earth for everything it does by planting trees to nourish our environment with the love it needs. There are so many awesome trees to plant that we couldn’t even begin to cover them all. From shade, to ornamental, to native conifer trees, there’s something to plant for everyone. You can even participate in a local volunteer organization to plant forests with other loving people who want to help on Arbor Day.