Friday, April 3, 2009

Gardening Tips for April

Here are some good tips for gardening in Alabama during the month of April. We'll update these regularly each month, so stay tuned for more in the Gardening Tips series!

Tips courtesy of Alabama Cooperative Extension System; for more information, see

Fruits and Nuts
  • Season for strawberry planting continues.
  • Start spray program for all fruits.
  • Plant raspberries and blackberries and continue budding apples and peaches.

  • Prune spring flowering shrubs after flowering.
  • Fertilize azaleas and camellias.
  • When new growth is half completed, spray all shrubs with a fungicide.

  • Planting continues.
  • New lawns may need supplementary watering.
  • Also, fertilize at 3- to 6-week intervals.
  • Keep ryegrass cut low, particularly if over planted on bermuda lawns.

  • Watch for insects and diseases
  • Keep old flower heads removed
  • Plant container-grown plants from nurseries or garden centers.

Annuals and Perennials
  • Plant early started annuals or bedding plants from nurseries or garden centers.
  • Divide mums or root cuttings.
  • Dig and divide dahlias.

  • Plant gladiolus, fancy-leaved caladiums, milk and wine lilies, and ginger and gloriosa lilies.
  • Feed bearded iris with superphosphate and spray for borers.
  • Avoid cutting foliage of narcissus or other bulbs until it has turned brown naturally.

  • Spray camellias, hollies, etc., for scale insects.
  • Carefully water new plantings of shrubs and trees.
  • Pinching out tips of new shoots promotes more compact shrubs.

Vegetable Seed
  • Plant tender vegetables such as beans, corn, squash, melons, and cucumbers.
  • Plant heat-loving vegetables in lower South Alabama.

Vegetable Plants
  • Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, sweet potatoes, and parsley.

1 comment:

  1. Aleady tired from a full day of gardening, the list made me realize how much more I have to do.

    Looking forward to it and hope my energy holds for the whole month!