Priscilla’s Garden To-Do List for April into May

  • Finish planting bareroot stock such as roses, raspberries, asparagus, and fruit trees
  • Keep transplanting and dividing late summer and fall-blooming perennials
  • Plant containers with frost-resistant varieties
  • Plant trees, shrubs, and perennials
  • Finish pruning and fertilizing roses
  • Prune hydrangeas and scratch in an acid-loving fertilizer to promote bloom
  • Topdress winter damaged broad-leaved evergreens with compost and a bit of acid-loving fertilizer to promote strong new growth
  • Scratch in bulb fertilizer around bulbs as bloom fades
  • Deadhead tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths
  • Snowdrops and Winter Aconites can be lifted and divided while “in the green” – with foliage intact
  • Make notes about where to add more bulbs next fall
  • Weed out cool-season weeds when you spot them – do not let them go to seed
  • Plant early vegetables such as lettuce, greens, kale, chard, and herbs
  • Edge beds with a half-moon edger, creating broad curves or straight lines depending on your style
  • Begin mulching in early May when soil is starting to warm up to help preserve moisture and suppress weed seeds
  • Set up peony hoops or stakes early to keep these beautiful plants upright
  • Remove winter deer protection – fencing, garlic clips, or burlap – around May 1