Springtime Gardening

April 9th, 2019

April can be a confusing time in northern Colorado: is it warm, is it cold, is it sunny, is it snowy? Who knows! Slowly but surely, though, temperatures are rising. So, what should you be doing in your garden this time of year?

Watering: During April in northern Colorado, you really want to be sure not to let your plants get too dry. Water your landscape about once a week, depending upon what Mother Nature throws at us.

Roses: If you haven’t already, it’s time to uncover and prune your roses. Remove any deadwood and crossing branches. Prune back to a strong bud that is pointing to the outside of the plant. Then, start feeding them within the next week or so. We recommend using Bill’s Rose Food which can be picked up at Fossil Creek Nursery. This mixture is formulated specifically for the Rocky Mountain and northern Colorado area.

Planting: If you’re itching to get out in the garden and dig in the dirt, there are a few things that can be planted now. This includes trees, shrubs, and perennials. Love an early flower? Pansies, phlox, and forsythia are a good choice.  April 20 is Colorado Arbor Day, and Fossil Creek Nursery will have all trees 20% off! Pick up your favorite trees and get them in the ground. 

Lawn: Lawn aeration is always a good first step to a luscious front yard. Aeration helps relieve compaction, allowing for better water penetration. This is also the time to put crabgrass preventor on and lawn fertilizer (we have many organic and synthetic options to choose from). If you are able to time it right, applying fertilizer just prior to a spring rainstorm can use Mother Nature’s free water. Allow the fertilizer and water to penetrate the lawn. 

Garden Preparation: It’s time to get your garden ready for planting! Adding additional organic matter and tilling the soil each spring will help ensure a bountiful crop. Early vegetables to plant include seed potatoes, onion sets, peas, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, and cauliflower. These plants can go in the garden in the next two weeks or so.  Tomatoes and warm weather crops can soon be planted with protection such as wall-of-water, otherwise they should not be planted outside until after the last day of frost (which on average in Fort Collins is around May 15).

If you have any questions about what to do in your yard this time of year, please give our friendly staff at Fossil Creek Nursery a call at 970-226-4924!