April Gardening Tips

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the dogwoods have finally opened! It is Springtime (finally)! You’ve waited all winter for this moment. It is time to get outside and start working in your garden. Use these April gardening tips as a guideline to get started!

Test Soil

Before you do anything, it is a good idea to get your soil tested! The results of the test will allow you to amend your soil with appropriate fertilizers and products. Most county agricultural extension offices will provide free soils test during specific months. Call your local office for more details.

Garden Beds

Prepare garden beds before planting your vegetables and herbs. Till in compost and fertilizer. We recommend Black Kow Cow Manure Compost. Add lime only if suggested by soil test results.


Seeing dogwood flowers serves as a great reminder that it is time to fertilize! If you haven’t already done so, fertilize all shade trees, evergreens, hollies, azaleas, camellias, and hydrangeas.


Prune all the early spring-blooming shrubs, such as forsythia, azaleas, and weigela, but only after the flowers have faded. If needed, prune faded flowering cherry trees. Now is also a good time to prune out any dead wood.

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