thGarden Tips for April
After Bulbs Bloom Tidy up spring-flowering bulbs by snipping spent blooms of daffodils and hyacinth. Don’t braid or clip leaves. Their photosynthetic efforts fuel next
year’s flowers. If ripening bulb foliage is an eyesore, consider planting bulbs behind partners whose leaves will hide unsightly bulbs. Choices include peonies,
daylilies, coral bells, tall sedum hybrids, Or Perennial Geranium.

Containers For an instant spring show, fill containers with purchased forced spring bulbs from supermarkets and garden centers. Tuck in sweet alyssum for a ground-hugging, sweetly scented filler. Dress spring pots with color, courtesy of flowers that love cool weather: pansy, viola, and snapdragon. Plant flowering stock for a spicy clove fragrance. Pruning Finish tree and shrub pruning, but don’t touch spring bloomers until flowers fade. You can prune evergreens until late summer. Don’t prune later or new,
tender growth will get zapped by winter cold. From:

Horticultural Hints for April, by Neal Sanders