Here’s this month’s gardening tick list — just some matters to do not forget as we head into the top gardening season.
• Last average frost is ready mid-April for Baxter County. You can get away with planting frost touchy plant life in advance if you are prepared to perform a little frost protection when a freeze is predicted.
Cabbage looper, a diamondback moth caterpillar, and the imported cabbage malicious program can reason serious harm quite short.
• The old remedy can save you from cabbage worms on cole vegetation and cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. Check weekly for eggs and larvae under the leaves. Use Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) spray as soon as they’re first observed. Also, this institution of greens are heavy feeders of nitrogen and might use a side dressing of nitrogen three to four weeks after planting.
• Onions are fast growers and heavy feeders. To grow monster-length onions, fertilize weekly with a water-soluble fertilizer and blend at half price.
• Plant heat season vegetables from mid-month on. Don’t be in a hurry, or you can replant.
• Hold returned on planting okra, peppers, southern peas, and sweet potatoes until past due this month or the first of May. Warm soil temperatures are essential for those warm-season vegetables.
• Spray hybrid tea roses with a fungicide to save you black spot. Spray consistently with label directions.
• Hold off on fertilizing your bermudagrass or zoysiagrass garden until it has greened up. This is ordinarily early to mid-May.
• Prune and fertilize spring blooming bushes and shrubs right now after bloom. Remember to dispose of the old canes of forsythia, quince, weigela, spirea, and other cane-producing plants.
• Summer bulbs together with cannas, caladiums, dahlias, gladioli, and tuberoses may be set out in mid-April. Plant gladioli numerous times at two-week intervals for blooms at some point of the summer.
• After Easter lilies fade, plant the bulbs in a sunny part of your perennial garden. Foliage might also die returned but will inexperienced up this fall and take off following spring. Don’t anticipate blooms till late spring to the early summer season. Easter lilies are quite reliable perennials if planted in a nicely tired spot.
• To maintain annuals blooming at their high quality, make everyday applications of water-soluble fertilizer.
• Continue to divide summertime and fall-blooming perennials.
• As flowering bulbs fade, permit 6-8 weeks of new developing time for bulbs to replenish their nutrients. Crocus and daffodils do not have their flower heads removed, but it’s far beneficial with hyacinths and tulips. Fertilize with a complete fertilizer. You can transplant and divide spring-flowering bulbs after foliage begins to die down.
• Use hen netting to preserve birds away from strawberries. Watch for slugs.
• Encourage runners on newly planted strawberries using doing away with all flowers in the first season. Also, fertilize strawberry beds in the past due August or early September to encourage a straight bloom set.
• To entice butterflies in your lawn, strive to plant a few host plant life to nourish the young caterpillars after they hatch. Plants include butterfly weed, parsley, dill, fennel, rue, passionflower, and tulip tree.
• Plant seeds of annual vines, including hyacinth vine, moon vine, and cypress vine, from mid to late this month.
Mulching is your first-class approach to prevent weeds, plus it continues soil temperature and moisture.
• Aphids can occur in massive numbers in the spring. Aphids dine on the sap of an endless range of lawn plant life. Their feeding weakens flora and, in some cases, the destruction of plants. They are an utterly prolific insect bearing live younger. Fortunately, they’re easily managed by spraying bifenthrin, malathion, or insecticidal cleaning soap; however, pay attention; reinfestation can arise in days.
• This is the time of year while honey bee hives swarm. If you notice a swarm and are desiring someone to collect and flow them, call me. I have a list of those who will come and get them at no charge.