April means “to open” or “opening”, in allusion to it being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”. This is the month of rebirth and hope for the future. If April means spring to you; get out your gardening tools and get moving. Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery are fully stocked with all kinds of plants and products for every purpose for the itchy green thumb. Consider adding Native Plants to your landscape. Native plants tolerate our Texas Summer heat better than most, require less water, require less mowing, provide habitats for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil and save on fertilizes and insecticides.
A successful garden begins with good soil. Organic material is important to the soil composition. It helps with drainage and increases the microbe population. Expanded shale is used to break up hard compacted clay soils. Top dress your flowerbeds and containers with organic mulches.
Hopefully you have your tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other warm season vegetables already planted; if not get them in the ground right away. To get the highest yields, make additions of fertilizer (called sidedressing) every couple of weeks, starting about a month after transplanting or seeding.
If your yard is too small for traditional garden plot, try gardening in containers. The bigger the container, the better! Container gardens need more attention since they dry out faster and need regular additions of fertilizer to compensate for the more frequent irrigation.
If you want to create a truly dynamic garden, inviting colorful guests like butterflies and hummingbirds is definitely the way to go. Butterflies like sunshine and plenty of space to fly around, so opt for a sunny, open spot. Both enjoy having some type of cover as a resting spot. Your garden should include some type of water feature as butterflies and hummingbirds often congregate around water.
St. Augustine and Bermuda lawns should be actively growing now; so it is a great time to apply fertilizer. Please consult your Calloways / Cornelius Nursery for the best fertilizer advice for your lawn. A correctly fertilized lawn now will better help your lawn to handle the Texas Summer Heat!
April 2016 – In-Store Garden Series
Saturday, April 2nd at 10:15 am – How to Add Color to Your Shade Garden
Saturday, April 9th at 10:15 am – Explore and Endless Array of Flowers from Proven Winners®. Come see P. Allen Smith at our Hurst location at 1:00 pm.
Saturday, April 16th at 10:15 am – Perfect Perennials for Texas Gardens
Saturday, April 23rd at 10:15 am – Enchanting Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens
Saturday, April 30th at 10:15 am
All DFW Locations: Edible Plants – Tasty Treats from the Garden
Cornelius Nursery: Waterwise Gardens with Showoff Native Plants
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