April in the Garden

Spring has sprung!

Visit our garden center for many new plant varieties as well as tried and tested older favorites. Our average last day of frost is April 15. I encourage gardeners to watch the low temperatures for several days past the 15th and protect tender plants if we get a late frost.

 

Scottsdale Farms is creating a Garden Club for our customers. Our first meeting is Monday, April 15th, at 10:30. Join us in the Pavilion for this inaugural event as we meet fellow gardeners and chat about our calendar and hot topics. Elevate your gardening potential as we gather to learn and share experience and knowledge. We will have some special surprises for you at this meeting, so mark your calendars and plan for a fun morning.

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April is a great time to plant. Take advantage of the Spring temperatures to work in your garden and determine what you’d like to add, move or remove. Clean-up is likely complete, but there is still time to trim back perennials, prune dead branches of woody shrubs and trees, and add mulch.

We have so many new plant varieties curated just for you. From dwarf varieties and vertical accents for those in townhomes to large evergreen privacy screens for those on acreage. You will find the perfect plants for your landscape, patio or porch. Our perennial courtyard is awash in color, and our vegetables and herbs are ready for their new homes.

Our custom container designers have been busy creating ready-to-purchase combinations as well as custom orders. Containers help bring instant and long-lasting color to your exterior spaces. Thriller, filler and spiller are the first steps in creating drama in your containers.  We go the extra mile by including color, texture, and drama for unique creations. The south greenhouse is bursting with color! We have everything you need to create your own beautiful containers.

Spring is a great time to fertilize. 

You may begin as soon as you see new growth in your plants. We recommend using complete, slow-release fertilizers with micro and macronutrients. Ask our staff to help you choose the right fertilizer for your needs.

 

 

Most warm-season vegetable seeds prefer soil temperatures to be at least 65 degrees for good germination and growth. Local average soil temps may be found at http://georgiaweather.net Check out the home gardener section of UGA’s website.

https://extension.uga.edu/publications/detail.html?number=B577&title=home-gardening for detailed tips on specific vegetables. UGA has done some extensive research in its effort to help home gardeners be successful with their food gardening.  

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Have you had any issues with pests or diseases in years past? We recommend using a long-lasting systemic insecticide that is absorbed by the plant’s roots, as opposed to spraying on the leaves. Ask our staff to recommend a product suitable for you if you need insecticides.

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Nothing beats hand-pulling weeds after it rains. It’s simply the best way to get the whole root and the foliage. Pre-emergent products require proper timing, and post-emergent products need careful application on a wind-free day. Ask our staff about the products we offer to find the best weed solutions for you.

 

Check our website, Instagram and Facebook pages for updates on workshops and seminars that are intended to help you be successful in your garden. Pop by with your photos and questions. Join our garden club and share your success stories and challenges. We look forward to seeing you in our garden center!

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