April is the time to take a drive and enjoy the azaleas that will be blooming throughout the month. With the wonderful spring weather we are all ready to get outside and work in our flower gardens and get the vegetable gardens started. Just be sure to wait until after the last average frost for your area to set out those summer annuals and tender vegetables.
- Fruits and Nuts–Start spray program for all fruits. Plant raspberries and blackberries.
- Shrubs–Fertilize azaleas and camellias. When new growth is half-completed, spray all shrubs with a fungicide.
- Roses–Watch for insects and diseases. Remove old flower heads. Plant container-grown plants.
- Bulbs–Plant gladiolus, fancy-leaved caladiums, milk and wine lilies and ginger and gloriosa lilies.
- Miscellaneous–On camellias and hollies look for scale insects and spray if necessary. Carefully water newly planted of shrubs and trees.
- Summer annuals may be set out late this month in central and southern parts of Alabama.
- Vegetable seed–Plant tender vegetables such as beans, corn, squash, melons and cucumbers.
- Vegetable plants–Plant tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, sweet potatoes and parsley.
Source: Alabama Cooperative Extension System ANR-0047