Spring is here! Planting and growing begins in earnest, and it’s also time to keep an eye out for pests and diseases in your lawn and garden.

Here are you Bruce Miller Nurseries Gardening Tips for April:

Plant

Vegetable Plants at Bruce Miller NurseriesVegetables: Warm season vegetables such as tomatoes, eggplant, corn, beans, cucumbers, cantaloupe and okra.

Herbs: Plant herbs everywhere: in containers, in your vegetable or flower bed…anywhere they will have ample room to grow and get sufficient sunlight.

Annuals: for sun or shade…add some color to your beds and set your yard apart! Plant angelonia, snapdragons, dianthus, marigolds, zinnias, pentas, moss rose in full sun. Brighten your shady beds with gorgeous coleus, begonias, impatiens, caladiums and elephant ears.

Roses: everyone can now enjoy the beauty of roses! Whether you prefer EarthKind, Drift, antique or climbing roses they are all hardy in our North Central Texas climate. Plant roses in full sun and well prepared and well draining beds.

Perennials: choose from a large assortment of flowering perennials. Chose the colors you like best and let your creative side loose! and don’t forget to add some ornamental grasses.

Trees, Shrubs, Ground Covers & Vines: these form the ‘backbone” of your landscape. Be sure to select plants that fit into your landscape based on mature height and width.

Grass: After the 15th you can plant St. Augustine sod or plugs and Broadcast Bermuda seed.

Not sure what to plant? Come by either Bruce Miller location and we’ll give you some tips!

Prune

Do not prune oak trees this month. Wait until after June 1st to minimize the possibility of spreading Oak Wilt.

Prune early spring blooming shrubs and trees when the blossoms are finished. Azalea, dogwood, saucer magnolia (Tulip Tree) Redbud, Forsythia, Spirea, Carolina Jessamine, Crossvine, Lady Banks Rose, etc.

Pests

Garden Pest Control at Bruce Miller NurseriesCheck new growth on roses, photons, crape myrtles, and others for aphids; they will appear in clusters on tender young growth.

Spray with Pyrethrin, Neem Oil or Rose Spray. Visit us at the nursery and we’ll find the control product that’s right for your plants.

Lawns

For a healthy lawn, do not mow too low. St. Augustine should be mowed at 2-2.5 inches and Bermuda to 1.5 inches.

Fertilize St. Augustine grass this month and use a post emergent to spot spray for weeds.

Then take a moment to enjoy the results of your hard work!

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