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Gardening Tasks In April

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

Now that spring is here, gardeners are excited to feel warmer weather and get started on planting crops in the garden including carrots,onions, peppers, tomatoes and an array of leafy greens. But, before planting, there are many gardening tasks this April that must be performed to guarantee healthy growing cycles. Here is what needs to be done this month:

Weed Control Is a Must

Get a good set of gardening gloves and start pulling weeds from the garden. Leaving weeds puts plants at risk of being suffocated, as weeds spread like wildfire. 

Start Sowing

Sow hardy annuals, herbs and flowers outside including sunflowers, marigolds ( a deer resistant plant) and nasturtiums. Sow lawns and repair patches of grass with healthy soil.

Start watering

While April showers will bring May flowers, it is always a good idea to water plants in the early morning hours before the heat of the sun beams down on plants. 

Protect Plants From Deer

April is prime food scavenging season for deer; and they will visit home gardens in search of sprouting plants throughout spring. To keep deer out of gardens, gardeners will need to install deer fencing and act on other deer management strategies including the use of deer repellents and planting deer-resistant flowers like marigolds and daffodils. 

Dare To Plant Flowers For Birds?

At first, gardeners that plant flowers for birds, such as cardinals, finches and chickadees may think they are doing a great service. After all, birds need to eat, too; and the early bird doesn't always have to eat a worm. But, if gardeners aren't careful, they may discover that birds aren't the only animals visiting [...]

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Who First Spread Lyme Disease?

It's easy enough for us to point the finger at the white-tailed deer; but history shows that deer herds are not responsible for the spread of ticks and Lyme Disease. The white-footed mouse carries the Lyme Disease bacterium; and it is suggested that the mice spread this popular vector disease from ticks over to birds. Birds, being [...]

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Fall Time To Build a Deer Fence

October Gardening Tip: This month is the time to install deer management solutions such as deer fencing to protect plants. Once the leaves fall from the trees, and the temperatures drop, deer will become desperate for food. They will surely learn that there aren't opportunities in the forest to satisfy their cravings and thus, will [...]

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