Let's Get Gardening--April the Harbinger of Spring Fever

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

Earth Day is held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and protection of our planet.  Plan your garden in a sustainable fashion to support our environment and planet. Celebrate Earth Day on April 22.   

Start a Garden Journal

Journaling – no matter how you keep your notes regarding your garden - DO IT.  You will be able to refer back to what helped to create your successes and your learning opportunities!

Don't Work Your Soil When It's Too Wet

Be cautious when working your soil when it is too wet.  Let it drain or evaporate sufficiently to work easily.  Your back will definitely appreciate waiting as well since the soil will be less heavy. In order to maintain the beneficial organisms that you have worked so hard to establish in your garden do not overwork the soil and do not rototill.

Check Your Soil Temperature

Check soil temperature regularly.  Once it is consistently 40 degrees plan cool season crops such as onions, kale, lettuce and spinach.  When the soil temperatures reach  60 degrees consistently it’s time to plant beans!  Read our seed starting soil temperature guide.

Put at least 2” of organic matter into raised beds that are consistently too cold or have drainage problems.  Consider a plastic covering to warm the soil.

Weed Control--A Thankless but Necessary Job

Now is the time. Get them while they are young and definitely before they go to seed!  Hand weed or lightly cultivate your soil.  Pulling weeds in April is a lot easier than later in the year since the soil is moist and the roots give way. As a last resort use an herbicide. Contact the Master Gardener Help Desk for recommendations on least-toxic options. Once they have gone to seed they will have their way with your garden.

Get That Soil Tested!

Get a soil analysis.  Contact the  Master Gardener’s Help Desk to determine reputable places to have this done.  This will give you the necessary information to appropriately amend your soil for optimum yield.

Seeds to Start in April

Also consider planting beets, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, slicing cucumbers, endive, leeks, peas and potatoes in April.

Get'em While They're Young

Look for 6 packs of annuals at your local nursery.  It is an inexpensive way to get a jump on your boarders and containers.  Cautions that last frost is usually in May so provide some form of protection for them.

Be sure to stop by our Annual Plant Sale on May 20 at the Newport Fairgrounds.  It's a great source of quality, health plants for coastal gardens.  You can't beat the prices and all proceeds go to support the Master Gardener activities in Lincoln County.

Even the Smallest Lawn Needs Some TLC

Dethatch and renovate lawns.  To fertilize apply 1 lb. nitrogen to 1000 sq. ft. of lawn.  Avoid run-off by not fertilizing before a rain storm as well as ensuring that your irrigation water does not run onto hardscape.  This prevents potentially toxic fertilizer from getting into local waterways.

Don't Cut Too Soon or Too Late

Last chance to cut back ornamental grasses to a few inches above the ground.


Allow foliage of spring blooming bulls to brown and die before cutting back.

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