West Coast Gardening: Things To Do In April In The Western Region
By: Teo Spengler
April comes dancing into our gardens as fruittrees put on their frilly blossoms and bulbs turn into bright flowers. Thegardening to-do list for April can be a long one, especially for those livingin the mild western region. Some would argue that the door to West Coast gardeningopens in April. If you are making a list of your April gardening tasks, we arehere to help.
April in the Western Region
The areas included in the western region of the country, likethe states of California and Nevada, don’t look alike by any means. Some, like citiesnear the coast, may never see frost. Others, just a few miles inland, get frostbut no snow, while still farther east, roads may be closed because of snowfall.
Since April in the western region includes such a range of climates,we’re going to focus on West Coast gardening. In this coastal region, wintersare mild and summers come early. That makes for a lengthy gardening to-do listin spring.
April Gardening Tasks
April gardening tasks in this mild weather area includewatering, feeding, and generally tending to perennialsthat made it through the winter months. Given that the area falls in the higherplant hardiness zones, many of the plants in your yard might be perennials.
- For these mature plants, you need to meet their immediate needs. Irrigating is important during dry periods since many of the deciduous plants have started their spring growth. Going without water can kill the new shoots.
- You’ll also want to fertilize plants like roses, berries, citrus trees, and deciduous fruit trees.
- You’ll want to weed early and often too.
- You can plant root crops like beets and potatoes in the veggie garden in April. It’s an in-between season, so you still have time to put in a few cool season crops if you get them in at the very beginning of the month. Harvest mature cool weather crops.
- April in the western region means summer bulbs too. You can put in callas, cannas, dahlias, and gladiolus now.
- Finally, you’ll need to keep your eyes open for signs of pest damage.
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