April Gardening Tips – Perennials, Annuals, Bulbs

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Mitch Baker, Horticulturist with American Plant Garden Center, demonstrates gardening tips for perennials, annuals and bulbs.

    Mitch Baker: Hi! I am Mitch Baker with American Plant and we are talking about April Gardening Tips. Now we are going to discuss Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs. We are pruning back some perennials now that we didn't get pruned back in the fall. So, we want to get these down to the ground now to allow that new growth to emerge. Just a quick light pruning, just to remove some of these woody stems that carried over from the winter. And again, all of this can go in the compost pile, when we are done pruning. So after we have finished pruning all these woody ornamentals back, we are going to feed them at the same time. This is a good time to go ahead and feed perennials that we are trying to bring on and develop. We will use that same low-fertility organic fertilizer that we used on the roses. And in our other area of the bed here, we are going to apply some Corn Gluten pre-emergent weed control. We want to get that down now to prevent any weed seeds from germinating. That helps for the rest of the season. And as a final step, we will apply some mulch. So now we have some cool season annuals to talk about. These are pansies and violas. This is the kind of cool season annual that can be planted now. It's way too early to plant those tender summer annuals so plant your pansies and your violas this time of the year for a blast of color that will carry you through until the weather turns hot. And right behind them, some early flowering bulbs, narcissus or daffodils, another great way to get some early color in the garden for those pockets of part sun, part shade. After these bulbs have finished blooming, resist the temptation to cut off or tie up the foliage. The leaves of these bulbs are the engines that will drive the flowers for next season and you need to leave them on the plant as long as possible. Let them yellow and wither on their own before you cut them back. So be patient, just let them die off on their own, and you will be rewarded with better flowering bulbs next season. So, those were some tips on Annuals, Perennials, and Bulbs. Next, we are going to talk about Vegetable Gardens.