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March – April Gardening Task List

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Here is a comprehensive task list for March/April, courtesy of the Washington Gardener magazine. Please feel free to add in the comments section any changes or additional tasks you complete during this time!

  • Avoid walking on and compacting wet soil in the garden.
  • Prune grapevines.
  • Put up trellises and teepees for peas, climbing beans, etc.
  • Plant peas, potatoes, beets, turnips, radishes, cabbage, mustard greens, onion sets, carrots, and kale.
  • Set out traps for mice, moles, and voles.
  • Get a soil test.
  • Do soil preparation – add lime, compost, etc., as needed.
  • Mulch beds with a light hand.
  • Start or update your garden journals.
  • Clean out any old debris from last season from your growing beds.
  • Turn your compost pile.
  • Repot root-bound houseplants and start fertilizing them.
  • Clean leaves and debris from your water garden.
  • Do not be alarmed if your pond turns green from algae bloom – this is natural until your water plants fill the surface area.
  • Add a barley ball to combat it for now.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses.
  • Water during dry spells.
  • Cut your Daffodils for indoor bouquets, but do not combine daffs with other flowers in one vase. They give off a toxic
  • substance that may kill off your other blooms prematurely.
  • Weed by hand to avoid disturbing newly forming roots.
  • Walk your garden – look for early signs of fungal disease.
  • Divide perennials and herbs.
  • Fertilize new growth.
  • Plant and prune roses.
  • Transplant small trees and shrubs.
  • Buy or check on your stored summer bulbs (such as dahlias and caladiums). Pot them and start to water if you want to give
  • them an early start on the season.
  • If you started seeds last month, thin them and start the hardening-off process.
  • Start some more seeds – try flowering annuals like impatiens and petunias.
  • Prune fruit trees as their buds are swelling. Check for dead and diseased wood to prune out. Cut a few branches for indoor
  • forcing, if desired.
  • Build a raised bed for vegetables. Add lots of manure and compost.
  • Buy an indoor plant to liven up your office space. Try an orchid or African violet.
  • Cut back and clear out the last of your perennial beds.
  • Feed birds and provide nesting materials (try dryer lint), as well as houses for the start of their family season.
  • Plant a tree for Arbor Day. Arbor Day comes on different dates in different states. In our area, it is the first Wednesday in
  • April for Maryland, Virginia has it on the second Friday in April, and DC has it on the last Friday in April. In addition, many
  • local groups and towns have their own local celebrations.
  • Read a good gardening book or magazine.
  • Cut some branches (Forsythia, Quince, Bittersweet, Redbud, etc.) for forcing into bloom and enjoying indoors.

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