Here are some do’s and don’t do’s for April gardening in Western Washington
These are the stressful gardeners that set out warm temperature-loving plant life such as tomatoes, basil, coleus and geraniums too soon.
A few warm days do now not imply the quit of cool nights. Night temperatures under 50 degrees can stunt, warp and fatally depress some of the plant life you spot for sale at nursery and gardeners now.
▪ Do prune broken branches right down to a joint or node and cast off the three D’s from any plant: something lifeless, diseased or broken.
Add one extra: whatever deranged or going inside the wrong direction.
▪ Don’t prune marginally hardy flowers together with hardy fuchsia, salvia or escallonia. These flora need to live dormant or asleep for as long as feasible as they hate cold weather. Pruning can wake them up too early.
▪ Do add roses, berries, trees, shrubs and perennials to the panorama now.
(I advocate the satisfactory perennials in a category at Windmill Gardens on April 7.)
▪ Do now not upload placing baskets of petunias, hydrangeas or mini roses in complete bloom from a florist (those have been pressured) or gentle succulents including echerverias or agave but.
Wait until all chance of frost has surpassed in mid-May.
▪ Do plant cool-season crops together with peas, lettuce, kale, spinach and onions.
▪ Don’t plant the seeds of heat-loving crops along with beans, corn, cucumber or tomatoes outside but. Wait until late May or even June while the soil has warmed.
▪ Do get outdoor every day if viable and weed, weed, weed. For each weed you pull in spring, you may keep away from millions of weed seeds and hours of summer weeding.
▪ Don’t spray chemical weed killers or use weed-and-feed products at some stage in cool, cloudy or wet climate.
Try to avoid those pesticides if you could.
Pulling weeds is better for you and the soil. The uprooted weed leaves air channels within the soil for higher drift of oxygen and water.
▪ Do put money into a get up dandelion weed puller. There are many versions of this conventional weeding tool, and you can fast remove the dandelions on your lawn and aerate at the equal time. You understand you need extra workout.
▪ Do mow the garden when the grass blades are 3 inches tall.
▪ Don’t take off multiple 1/3 of the grass blade. Just say no to the low mow. A taller garden will coloration out weeds and use less water and fertilizer.
▪ Do attend gardening seminars and analyze the cutting-edge approaches to preserve water and work much less to your lawn. Local nurseries offer unfastened seminars or check out my website at www.Binettigarden.Com
▪ Most critical: Don’t overlook to note the blooming, stunning international around you. You don’t need to lawn to understand the spring bulbs, busy birds and flowering bushes and shrubs. Take a hike, a stroll or just a second to appreciate how inexperienced and appropriate Western Washington becomes each April.
Reach Marianne Binetti via her internet site at binettigarden.Com or write to her at P.O. Box 872, Enumclaw WA 98022.
▪ “Easy Perennials for NW Gardens,” April 7, 10 a.M., Windmill Gardens, 16009 sixtieth St E, Sumner, $five fee. Call to sign in at 253-863-5843 or www.Windmillgarden.Com.
▪ “Layering the Landscape,” April 9, 6:30 p.M., Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St., no sign up important.