Top 5 Gardening Must Do’s for April 2023 - The Bend Magazine

Top 5 Gardening Must Do’s for April 2023

With spring in full swing, Gill Garden Center & Landscape Co. is here to help you plant, design, fertilize and more in your garden this month.

Spring is in full swing! Everyone’s busy planting, re-designing, fertilizing, and getting ready for holidays and weekends with family and friends. Here are our top tips in the garden this month.

1. Feed Your Lawn and Plants

Fertilizing/feeding your plants this month is a must. This includes lawns, trees, and most plants. Everything is actively growing, which means they’ll need more food to continue looking their best. For lawns we love organic Medina Growin Green once in Spring (now), once in Summer, and once in the Fall. Medina Growin Green is a great multi-purpose food for shrubs and trees too. For blooming perennials, annual flowers, and veggies we really like organic Plant Tone by Espoma and Medina Hasta Gro liquid. Feed with Plant Tone on the 1st of each month, then follow up with liquid Hasta Gro on the 15th.

2. Water Slow and Low

Proper watering, along with proper fertilizing, keeps plants and lawns healthy and resistant to pests and disease. Here’s a tip to remember: water “slow and low”! Watering slowly (by turning down the pressure on your watering wand or kinking your hose) ensures that more water gets down to the roots instead of running off the surface. Watering plants low to the ground keeps water from escaping via wind and evaporation and keeps water off the leaves which can invite fungal issues.

If using sprinklers or an irrigation system, be sure they’re working properly and always check the current City of Corpus Christi watering rules here. For new landscape projects that require irrigation to get established, and some other situations, you can apply for a temporary exemption to watering restrictions with the City. We can help you with that if you need.

3. Plant for Nature

Add some blooming perennials to attract pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds to your garden. You support them (and the planet!) and they help you have more blooms and better production of your veggies! By including plants that provide food for pollinators, and meeting a few more simple criteria, you can even make your garden a certified wildlife habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. We just certified our pollinator garden here at Gill’s!

4. Plant Your Warm Weather Veggies

It’s time to plant hot peppers, squash, zucchini, basil, beans, and more! Tomato time has almost passed, but we still have a few if you still really want to plant a tomato. When starting veggies, the trick is to get the soil as active and alive as possible. Amend your existing soil with Nature’s Blend Compost (about 1 bag per 12 sq. ft.), then add a little Bio Tone starter fertilizer with mycorrhizal fungi and a good handful of worm castings when you plant.

5. Get Ready for Guests

April is time for holidays with family and friends. And a great time for plants! For the quickest and easiest impact outdoors, think hanging baskets overflowing with color + fresh mulch in your beds. For indoors, our favorite flower arrangements are those cut fresh from the garden and landscape. Check out our April Garden Guide for more tips!