April is planting time! You can plant just about anything (including natives). While it is possible to get a late frost it will be light and plants can easily be covered with old sheets, newspaper, lawn chairs whatever you have.
- In early April there's still time for beets, lettuce, and radishes. In late April plant only the heat lovers, beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers, summer squash, and tomatoes.
- Plant warm season annuals including petunias, marigolds, phlox, begonias, alyssum, Impatiens, dianthus.
- Avoid planting snapdragons, pansies , violas or other cool-season annuals
- Fertilize lawns, roses, shrubs, and trees (just about everything except natives) with a balanced fertilizer.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs, when they finish blooming. A good "rule of thumb" when pruning any shrub or tree, is prune them to shape and don't remove any more than 1/3 of the growth. Pinch annuals and perennials for dense growth and more bloom.
- To encourage beneficial insects, plant alyssum, cosmos, dill, fennel, feverfew, mint, santa barbara daisy, thyme and yarrow.
- Handpick or bait slugs and snails.
- Stay on top of the weeds while they are young and easy to control, before they go to seed.
- Get that irrigation system in shape and if there hasn't been significant rain in the past few weeks put it to use!