April is usually the first time we Coloradoans can safely venture into our gardens without too much worry of deep freezes or harsh weather. Get those kneepads on- it’s time to plant!
GET A HEADSTART
Plant some of your early-blooming favorites in pots now, like begonias and dahlias, and keep them inside until late spring.
Imagine the blooms at the start of June. Some bulbs, like lilies, dahlias and freesia can be planted as soon as the ground is ready.
ADD COLOR NOW
Strong and hardy annuals, like pansies and petunias are a staple in Colorado landscapes for good reason. They can often take the ups and downs of our spring temperatures while still giving your yard the color you seek.
MAKE A SWITCH
It’s a good idea to mix things up when it comes to your vegetable crops each year. Change the position of plants in your garden and be sure to try something new this year. Ask around at your local nursery for suggestions.
Give your lilacs and rose bushes, both Colorado favorites, a little rejuvenation by pruning them now. This will help encourage healthy growth going into the season.
Turn over your garden beds and add organic soil/compost now. Also remove the mulches around your perennial beds. April can be a little touch-and-go weather-wise, so if you want to play it safe on your planting, then use April as your prep month, before planting in May.
Some vegetables do particularly well when planted in April. Broccoli, sweet peas, onions, lettuce and potatoes are all good bets to weather the early spring.
FEED THE BIRDS
Natural food sources for our feathered friends are still a little sparse, so be sure to fill bird feeders as they go into the spring season.