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Flowering annual plant geraniumDesign your annual plant display. Have fun choosing your colour scheme and plants for this year’s annual display in your garden. For some up-to-date trend information and suggestions, keep any eye out for articles from expert gardeners in your area. Plant growers work hard to develop new plants that are specially grown to thrive in the conditions in your area. And keep in mind that if you want a new variety of plant, many other gardeners will too. Be sure to get to your specialty nursery before they’re all sold out.

Lawn care: liming, weed & moss control, top-dressing/over-seeeding are all done in April when, in theory, the rain stops by the end of the month and you can enjoy your lawn again.

chafer grub controlLawn repair: Any areas of your lawn that are affected by frost, sidewalk salt,  chafer grub damage, dog pee, or any other lawn enemy can be repaired with soil, seeds and careful watering. Rake out any dead grass, fill in holes with a quality lawn soil blend (best is 50% sand, 50% compost) and over seed with the best type of grass seed blend for your area. To get more info on seed types, try to avoid the generic blends found at big box home improvement stores. Go to a local garden shop and ask what they recommend. You can also find seeds that are conditioned for the shade.

Bark mulch installation. After your spring clean is done and weeds are removed install some mulch 2-4” deep on garden beds. You will be adding nutrients, conserving water and stopping new weeds from setting in all at once. Bark mulch is by far the best money you can spend in your garden.

Plant new evergreens or perennials. This is a good time of year to put in new plant material. Also, you can dig and divide perennials such as hostas if they are getting too big or you would like to propagate one that you really like.