Your April Gardening Checklist

Get your garden spring-ready with these April gardening tips from the landscape and horticulture specialists at USU Extension. For more tips, visit Utah State University Gardeners’ Almanac Monthly Gardening Checklists.

  • Plant seeds of cool-season vegetables (peas, lettuce, spinach, radishes) as soon as garden soil is workable.
  • Control young garden weeds by hoeing or hand-pulling.
  • Protect fruit blossoms and tender garden plants from late critical freezing temperatures.
  • If storing bulbs, check to make sure they are firm, and remove any that are soft or rotten.
  • Wait to prune roses until buds begin to swell to avoid late-frost damage to new growth.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs (those that bloom before June) after they have bloomed to encourage new flower buds for next season.
  • Divide crowded, fall-blooming perennials.
  • Divide cool-season ornamental grasses when new growth begins to emerge.
  • Use organic mulches (wood chips or bark) to retain soil moisture around shrubs and trees.
  • In compacted sites, aerate with a hollow core aerator when turfgrass is actively growing, usually from April to June.
  • Apply pre-emergent herbicides in late March to mid-April to control annual weeds in the lawn, such as crabgrass.
  • Check your sprinkler system for leaks. Clean filters, and fix and align heads.

Save this April Garden Checklist graphic to check off each task in your own garden:

Brad Mee
Brad Mee
Brad Mee is the Executive Editor of Utah Style & Design magazine and a contributor to Salt Lake magazine.

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