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(Editor's Note: These tips were provided by McCord's Garden Center)
If you didn't prune your roses in March do it now. Cut out all dead and damaged canes and remove those canes that are growing toward the center of the plant. You want your canes to be growing into a vase shape (pointing out from the center of the plant.)
The time to feed your bulbs is when they are just pushing up green leaf shoots.
If you dug up your canna and dahlias and other summer flowering bulbs that aren't hardy through the winter here, now is the time to get them out and pot them up inside for a headstart before putting them in the ground after danger of frost.
Remember, don't prune your spring-flowering shrubs like lilacs, forsythia and quince until AFTER they have bloomed. It's not too late to prune summer bloomers like spirea, potentilla or leptodermis.
There's still time to plant one more crop of peas and radishes before the heat sets in and you can continue to plant greens like spinach, chard and lettuces. Broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbages and artichokes can be planted now. It's still too early for tomatoes and peppers unless you plant them in a water wrap or cover them with frost cloth. If you're going to start your own tomatoes and peppers from seed indoors, now is the time. Most of them are best started 6 weeks before frost danger is over and here in Utah County that date is May 15.
Bare-root plants should be planted while it is still cool. We have lots of raspberries bare-root or potted up already and they should be planted now.
April is the perfect time to be planting trees, shrubs and perennials. They love the cool nights and their roots will grow faster in cool nights and warm days. While you are waiting for the weather to be warm enough to set out your favorite annuals, take a look around and see where you might enhance your yard with a new tree or shrub. Planting perennials pays off because they come back bigger and more beautiful every year and you only have to plant them once:) We have lots of ornamental perennial grasses this year and they can really put a sparkle in your landscape.
Stay on the paths in your yard while you are working to avoid compacting the soggy soil. Soil compaction turns soil into concrete (or at least it will feel like it!) and kills tender roots. Wait until the soil dries before walking into beds or on grass.
Summer and fall-blooming perennials can be divided now but wait until after bloom to dig your spring-flowering perennials.
Most years here in Utah County you shouldn't be watering yet unless you are planting but we had a dry winter and our trees, lawns and other plants need a good deep watering. Don't over-water though. One good watering now and then keep an eye on the weather and hopefully Mother Nature will fill in until it warms up.
We have a bounty of beautiful bleeding hearts, hostas and spring-flowering perennials that you should be enjoying in your yard right now. And the peonies are leafing out and showing big, fat buds. The fruit trees are blossoming and so are some of the ornamental trees, too. It's pretty exciting here at the garden center!