~ What to do in April ~
a suggested list of notes for Florida gardeners
Remove winter damaged plant portions.
Look for shoots from near the ground line of severely damaged plants.
Leaves are a source of free mulch or compost for the gardens.
Give all poinsettias a spring trimming.
Now is the time to add new plants to the landscape.
Maintain 2- to 3-inch mulch layers around trees and shrubs;
one inch in flower beds.
Use slow release fertilizers that can feed landscape plants for months.
Feed palms with special fertilizers made for these plantings
every 3 to 4 months.
Complete pruning of overgrown plants.
Prune spring flowering trees and shrubs after the blossoms fade.
Inspect older trees and trim as needed before the hurricane season begins.
Water new plantings as needed to keep the soil moist.
Divide perennials before the really hot weather arrives.