Springtime Gardening

April 23rd, 2021


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. 

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. 

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, primrose, and snapdragons are a good choice. 

Shrubs and Trees: This is a great time to start planting shrubs and trees. 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. It’s time to put on your Ferilome humic acid! This is also the time to put a crabgrass preventer on. Begin to water with the Ferilome humic acid as the soil temperatures are slowly increasing. Allow the fertilizer and water to penetrate the lawn.  

Garden Preparation: It’s time to get your garden ready for planting! Start adding compost at the rate of 2 cubic yards per 1000 square feet. 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.  

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!