"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul." - Luther Burbank, American horticulturist (1849 - 1926)
- The bright-colored flowers and tiny needle-like foliage of creeping phlox (shown in photo above) make it an attractive addition to a rock wall garden.
- Help peach trees cope with leaf curl by applying a high-nitrogen fertilizer early in the growing season, watering to avoid drought stress, and thinning fruit.
- April 22 - Earth Day. According to phenology (the study of cyclic and and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life), grasshopper eggs hatch at around the time when lilacs bloom.
- April 28 - National Arbor Day (see this post for local events happening on this day)
- Avoid pruning "bleeding" trees like maple and birch until the sap-run season is over.
- Save crushed aluminum cans for drainage in the bottom of pots and containers instead of stones. They work well and don't add weight.
- Feed perennials beds in April with a complete fertilizer such as 6-12-12.
- Red rhubarb varieties are more tender than green types. Try Canada Red, Crimson Cherry, or Valentine in your garden.