April ‘To Do’ List

  • Stake perennials that need it and mulch perennials if not already done.
  • Rose pruning should be completed by now. Mulch with manure or well-rotted compost.
  • Shear winter-flowering heathers after flowering.
  • Continue planting trees and shrubs.
  • Check vines growing on the house to make sure they are not invading window frames or working their way under gutters and shingles.
  • April 1-15, plant early potatoes, green onion, bulb onion, kohlrabi, cabbage and leeks.
  • April 16-30, sow beets, carrots, Swiss chard, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnip, kale and lettuce.
  • Sow zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes in a sunny window or cold frame.
  • Plant new strawberry plants.
  • Start planting water plants in pool.

(From The Twelve Month Gardener. Stevens, Hungerford, Fancourt-Smith, Mitchell and Buffam)