Mountain Gardener Newsletter APRIL 2019
April 11, 2019 | 10 a.m.–noon |Gardening in the Mountains Series
Summer Vegetable Gardening
April 23, 2019 | 1–3 p.m. | The Learning Garden Presents
Growing Roses in Containers
SAVE THE DATE May 11, 2019 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Buncombe County Plant Sale
SAVE THE DATE June 1, 2019 | 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Master Gardener℠ Volunteers of Buncombe County Garden Tour
April Garden Chores
- DO NOT fertilize cool-season lawns (fescue and bluegrass). Nitrogen applied this late is an invitation for brown patch fungus disease in June.
- Maintain mowing height for fescue lawns at 3 to 3 ½ inches.
- This is a good time to hit broadleaf weeds, such as clover and dandelions, with a spot spray of a selective herbicide that is labeled for these plants.
- Apply a fresh layer of mulch to landscape beds before summer weeds germinate. Pull the winter weeds first. Only add enough mulch so that the total depth of mulch is not more than 4 inches.
- Try planting those spent Easter lilies in the garden. Keep them indoors until May, and then plant them about 5 inches deep in a sunny location. They probably will not bloom again this year, but should be back next summer.
- Let the foliage of the spring bulbs die most of the way down before cutting the leaves. The bulb needs to absorb that energy for next spring.
- As soon as spring-blooming shrubs have finished blooming, it’s time to prune if they have gotten too large.
- Do not plant frost-tender (summer annual) flowers before May unless you will be able to cover them in case of frost.
- Don’t let winter annuals like henbit and chickweed go to seed. Hand pulling is effective where broadleaf herbicides are nonselective and can harm landscape plants.
- Pull weeds in the strawberry bed and put straw mulch between the rows.
- Weed the garlic and asparagus beds to reduce undesirable weeds.
- Fertilize fruit trees, blueberries, grape wines, and brambles.
- Finish pruning brambles, grape vines, and fruit trees.
- When the soil is not too wet to work, till or turn over the soil for May planting; incorporate lime and phosphate according to soil test recommendations.
- When planning the vegetable garden, remember to rotate the location of plant families from year to year if possible. This is particularly important with tomatoes and legumes.
- Set out transplants for cool-season crops such as cabbage, broccoli, and lettuce.
- Make sure they are hardened off before planting into the garden.
- Still time to plant potatoes as well as seeds for lettuce, beets, and leafy greens.
- Still time to start transplants of warm-season vegetables.
- Begin “hardening off” warm-season transplants a week or two before planting in early to mid-May.
- Have row cover fabric handy if frost-sensitive crops are planted before May.