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April

Tips for April
  • Prune roses, ideally leaving buds facing out to promote better light penetration and aeration
  • Let snow melt naturally
  • Garden soil should be worked shallowly to prevent soil microorganisms dying from exposure to sun and dryness
  • If you need to walk on the lawn or flower beds when the soil is still wet, use boards to distribute your weight and reduce soil compaction
General Maintenance in April for Zone 5
  • Rake up dead leaves from lawn and flower beds
  • Have a soil test done and make any necessary corrections
  • Clean and prepare gardening tools
  • Turn compost to speed decomposition
  • Remove winter protective covers, snow fences, and rose cones
  • Visit your nearest Passion Jardins garden center early in the season for information on new plants and products
  • Loosen the soil and add Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost to beds and around plants
  • Securely install supports and stakes for climbing plants
  • Add Passion Jardins cedar mulch to beds and around plants to conserve moisture
 

Chores for early April

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Trees-Shrubs-Conifers
  • Apply dormant oil where necessary to control overwintering insect pests (on crabapples, roses, plum trees, etc.)
  • Untie shrubs
  • Prune dead, broken, or unhealthy branches
  • Repair sections damaged by frost or snow
  • Remove earth or compost mounded around rose bushes once ground is unfrozen and spread around plants
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Perennials
  • Prune dry, above-ground parts of perennials and grasses
  • Prepare peony supports
  • Roll groundcover plants
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Vegetable Garden
  • Prune vines before bud break
  • Sow edible flowers, vegetables (peppers, tomatoes, eggplant), and herbs indoors
  • Cut back raspberry canes that produced in the previous summer
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Fruit Trees
  • Apply a mix of dormant oil and lime sulfur
  • Prune suckers.
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Annuals and Bulbs
  • For earlier blooms, start summer bulbs like cannas, tuberous begonias, dahlias, crocosmias, gladioli, etc. indoors in pots
  • Clean decorative pots for future flower arrangements
  • Sow annuals like cosmos, impatiens, zinnias, and snapdragons indoors
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Lawn
  • Prepare lawn mower and edge trimmer
 

Chores for mid-April

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Trees-Shrubs-Conifers
  • Transplant trees and shrubs before bud break using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • If necessary, apply a mix of dormant oil and lime sulfur to prevent fungal diseases such as apple scab and mildew (crabapples, roses, plums, etc.)
  • Maintenance prune summer-flowering shrubs, shrub roses, and deciduous hedges, where necessary
  • Prune alder, oak, honey locust, ash, beech, hydrangea, and mountain ash before bud break
  • Remove suckers at base of trees
  • Water conifers and evergreen plants
  • Remove earth or compost mounded around rose bushes once ground is unfrozen and spread around plants
  • Buy and plant bare root rose bushes using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Ask for the tree, shrub, and conifer 5 year warranty folder at the Passion Jardins garden centre
  • Straighten and tie up climbing plants
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Perennials
  • Re-edge flower beds
  • Prune dry, above-ground parts of perennials and grasses
  • Prepare peony supports
  • Roll groundcover plants
potager
Vegetable Garden
  • Cut back raspberry canes that produced in the previous summer
  • Divide and transplant perennial herbs using Passion Jardins transplanting mix and Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
fruitiers
Fruit Trees
  • Transplant before bud break using Passion Jardins transplanting mix and Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
  • Plant potted or bare root fruit trees using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Prune suckers
  • Weed around base of trees
annuelles
Annuals and Bulbs
  • Clean decorative pots for future flower arrangements
pelouse
Lawn
  • Prepare lawn mower and edge trimmer
  • Gently rake after snow melts
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Pond
  • Remove leaves and debris from water surface
  • Clean waterfall, stream, and rocks around pond
  • Check that pump and other equipment are working properly
 

Chores for late April

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Trees-Shrubs-Conifers
  • Transplant before bud break using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Plant potted and bare root trees, shrubs, and using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Ask for the tree, shrub, and conifer 5 year warranty folder at the Passion Jardins garden centre
  • Maintenance prune summer-flowering shrubs, shrub roses, and deciduous hedges, as needed
  • Remove suckers at base of trees
  • Water conifers and evergreen plants
  • Buy and plant bare root roses using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Straighten and tie up climbing plants
vivaces
Perennials
  • Re-edge flower beds
  • Transplant large perennials using Passion Jardins transplanting mix and Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
  • Plant potted perennials using Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Divide and transplant, where necessary, using Passion Jardins transplanting mix and Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
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Vegetable Garden
  • Sow broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, spinach, peas, and radishes outdoors
  • Amend and fertilize using Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost and Passion Jardins 4-10-12 fruit and vegetable fertilizer
  • Divide and transplant perennial herbs using Passion Jardins transplanting mix and Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
  • Plant garlic and onion bulbs
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Fruit Trees
  • Transplant before bud break using Passion Jardins transplanting mix Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
  • Plant potted ore bare root fruit trees using Passion Jardins 12-24-12 rooting mix and Passion Jardins transplanting mix
  • Prune suckers
annuelles
Annuals and Bulbs
  • Plant some pansies; they love cool weather
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Lawn
  • Gently rake after snow melts
  • Apply Step 1 Passion Jardins natural lawn fertilizer
  • Dethatch
  • Aerate every 2 to 3 years
  • Top dress with Passion Jardins Solmer marine compost
  • Repair damaged areas with Passion Jardins all-purpose grass seed
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Pond
  • Buy maintenance products for the season
  • Clean waterfall, stream, and rocks around pond
  • Remove dead leaves, algae, etc. from pond bottom and surface
  • Weed around pond