April Gardening Tips
April is time to plant many of the warm-weather vegetables, including peppers and eggplants. Late April is a good time to plant okra, southern peas, among others. Good organic compost can be used when planting. Be sure to keep your tomatoes well fed for a bumper crop. Diluted liquid seaweed is particularly effective when used to water new transplants (vegetables and flowers!). We have several organic fertilizers. It is a good time to plant beans, cucumbers and squash now before the weather gets too hot. Red Barn also has a good selection of herbs for your garden.
Plant summer annuals now to get the roots established before summer arrives. Annuals such as Periwinkle, Zinnia, Mexican Heather, and Salvia planted now will give you color all spring and summer. Remember, plants need to eat also. Feed your new flowers with Start N Grow, Hast agro, or Rose Glo to keep them blooming.
Have you fertilized your lawn? Use Ladybug 8-2-4, and /or Growing Green all natural fertilizer for a sustained feed. We also carry Microlife organic humates etc to improve the soil. After mowing twice, it is recommended that you begin a schedule regular watering to have a great lawn all season. Weeds are a big problem this year due to the drought and the warm winter. We can help! ASK CHUCK!
How about a butterfly garden? Attracting butterflies to your yard adds another dimension of beauty. When planning a butterfly garden, select a sunny area which offers some protection from the wind. Butterflies are attracted to color and some of their favorite nectar plants include Tropical Milkweed, Lantana, Verbena, Greggs Mist Flower, Pentas, Zinnias, Buddleia (or Butterfly Bush), as well as many others. Consult your local nursery professionals for other plant selections and ideas to make your garden a hit with the butterflies. Don’t forget those hummers also.
Red Barn has Crape Myrtles, fruit trees, shrubs, natives, perennials, and many varieties of plants. Trucks arriving daily.
It is time to be on the look-out for certain pests in the landscape. Unfortunately, we will start to see fire ants, grasshoppers, snails and slugs at this time of year. Sluggo Plus is a great product to treat pillbugs, crickets, snails & slugs. Sluggo Plus or Diatomaceous Earth.for an organic approach. No Lo Bait to control grasshoppers. To treat a fire ant problem, we recommend the Texas 2-Step plan. First step, broadcast a fire ant bait over the whole yard, such as Fertilome Come & Get It Fire Ant Bait which covers up to 1000 sq. feet. Second step is to treat the individual mounds with a product with spinosad. Both products mentioned above for fire ant control are all natural. Always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when applying any product to your lawn or garden. Red Barn also carries Beneficial Nematodes for organic control of grubs, fleas, fire ants and others under the ground pests. We also have live Ladybugs and praying mantid eggs for aphids etc.
If you need further help or have any gardening questions, please visit with one of our nursery professionals at 12881 Pond Springs Road, Austin, 78729. 512-335-8093.
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