Monthly garden tasks april


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Monthly garden tasks for Southern California gardeners - April

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Monthly garden tasks april

  1. 1. April in the Southern California Garden Each month has its special joys and tasks in the garden. Below is a suggested calendar for April. Remember that gardening depends on the weather, so tasks, bloom season and activities may vary from year to year. Best of Show: Flowers: Tree/shrub: *Carpenteria californica, Ceanothus spp., Peritoma arborea (Cleome isomeris), Malacothamnus fasciculatus; Smaller shrubs:Calystegia macrostegia, Camissonia cheiranthifolia, Constancea (Eriophyllum) nevinii, Coreopsis species, Dendromecon rigida, Diplacus spp., Encelia spp., Gambelia (Galvezia) speciosa, *Keckiella antirrhinoides, Lupinus albifrons, Malacothamnus clementinus, *Perityle incana, Salvia leucophylla, Trichostema lanatum, * Venegasia carpesioides; Annuals/perennials/bulbs: *Allium unifolium, * Aristida purpurea, Bloomeria crocea, Camissonia spp., Clarkia spp., Dichelostemma capitatum, Erigeron ‘Arthur Menzies’ , Gilia spp., Iris douglasiana, *Heuchera spp., Layia platyglossa, Lupinus (annual), Malacothrix saxatilis, *Mentzelia lindleyi, Nemophila menziesii, Platystemon californicus, Salvia (annual), Sidalcea malviflora, Sisyrinchium bellum, Stachys spp., Trifolium spp. Fruits/berries: lemons and tangerines are still very showy Foliage: shiny green new Ceanothus leaves Planning: • Take home one new idea from the garden tours or visiting native plant/botanic gardens. Plan how to incorporate that idea into your garden this year • Visit spring plant sales; purchase judiciously Hardscape/General: • Fertilize containers if needed Propagation: • From seed: Collect seed from early spring wildflowers; still time to start traditional summer veggies like squash, bean, melons, tomato Planting: • Excellent month for planting bog and pond/pool plants • Plant riparian species and desert species from spring through summer
  2. 2. Watering: • Taper off water for early spring bulbs when the leaves start to wither • Taper off water for early spring wildflowers • Check hoses, soaker hoses and drip irrigation; repair & replace as needed • Check soils as they begin to dry out. Turn on irrigation or begin routine summer watering schedule when appropriate • Give the garden a last good soaking. Do it during a cool period to simulate rain Pruning: Tip-prune (pinch) to promote fullness (if not already in bloom): • Diplacus spp, • Plants in Mint Family (Mentha arvense; Monardella spp; Lepechinia fragrans, Clinopodium/Satureja; Stachys ), • Gambelia (Galvezia) speciosa • Ribes viburnifolium Rejuvenate and prune pond/pool and rain garden wetland plants (if not done already) Weeds/Diseases/Pests: major weeding month • Weedy grasses: Crabgrass, Bermuda Grass, Kikuyu grasses start to grow with warm weather • Look particularly for the following weeds: Common knotweed, Wild radish, Prickly lettuce, Prickly ox-tongue, Wild mustard. Remove while they’re small. Edibles/Crafts: • Collect dry seeds from early wildflowers (except Lupine); parch and use as a seasoning/flavoring agent • Prune some leaves from Salvias; dry for later use • Use the ‘mint’ cuttings for fresh mint tea, other uses • Press spring flowers in a plant press for use in greeting cards, bookmarks, etc. Enjoying the garden: major enjoying month • Make a bouquet of spring wildflowers for your table • Enjoy the spring peak of bloom; get out in your garden as much as possible – sit and enjoy the show you created! • Watch for butterflies – photograph them on your spring flowers • Go on the CNPS and Theodore Payne Foundation spring garden tours – bring your camera and notebook. Don’t be afraid to ask questions • Celebrate California Native Plant Week (4/16 to 4/24) and Earth Day (4/22) • Invite a friend over; tell them about your native plants 4/2/2016