Welcome gardening friends, thanks for stopping by!
If you’re excited to work in your yard or garden, but not sure where to start now that Spring is here, then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together a list for you of things to do throughout the month.
You may not need to do everything on this list. For example, if you don’t have shade trees to fertilize or seedlings to harden off, skip over those items on the list. Just pick what applies to your yard and plan out when you will do it all throughout the month!
April Gardening To-Do List
➺Plant all trees and shrubs
➺Fertilize lawns with a pre-emergent fertilizer to prevent weed seeds from germinating (if not done in March), repeat in 6 weeks if you had a difficult weed problem last year.
➺Fertilize lawns with a regular fertilizer if you plan to seed your lawn/bare patches
in your lawn (if not done in March), repeat every 6 weeks. See Westerns 4 step program for the season.
➺Fertilize trees and shrubs
➺Thin Out seedlings you began indoors
➺Harden Off Seedlings by moving them to a cool place like a garage for two
or three days before planting them outside
➺Fertilize seedlings with a root starter during/after transplant
➺Aerate Lawn if not done in the Fall. If you have a new lawn of 2 years or less, no need to aerate.
➺Water Lawn only if needed, or to water in fertilize, water early in the day or at night
➺Remove or Spray Weeds when they first appear
➺Seed Bare Patches in Lawn do NOT use a pre-emergent fertilizer, OR you can plan to lay seed in September if you have already used a pre-emergent. Not sure how? See our article on Seeding Bare Patches in a Lawn!
➺Spurge & Crabgrass Control if not already done
➺Drain Snow Blower Gas and run it until it quits
➺Lay Sod any time you can find it, you can plant it
➺Deep Soak Trees & Shrubs if rainfall is inadequate
➺Harden Off Tender Annuals before planting outside
➺Spray Fruit Trees for fungus and pests with Fertilome Fruit Tree Spray AFTER the
flowers have fallen off
➺Do a Second Planting of lettuce & radish
➺Transplant kohlrabi, lettuce, onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc
Until May 1st: kohlrabi, lettuce, parsnips, potatoes, rhubarb, asparagus, cabbage, spinach, turnips
Until May 15th: onions & peas
Until June 15th: carrots & endive
Until July 1st: cauliflower, parsley, swiss chard
Until July 15th: beets & broccoli
Until Sept 1st: radishes
Be sure to check out our May Gardening To-Do List!
*This list is not exhaustive. If we have overlooked something you’d like to see on this list, tell us in a comment below!