Lively and Fresh Gardening Tips for April to Brighten Up Your Log Cabin

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April is already here and spring is finally in the air as flowering trees and daffodils are in full bloom. Expect the expected April showers in April but with sunny days too when you can give your full attention to the garden outside your log cabin. April is always a great month, with indoor-sown seeds growing nicely, and a time to begin sowing outdoors to make your property more beautiful and lush.

Gardening takes a significant amount of work but if you are ready to put in the time and effort, your garden will be the envy of everyone in the neighbourhood. Here we will provide you with some really important and effective gardening tips for April that will enhance the beauty and surroundings of your log cabin.

It is certainly true that April showers make the garden flourish, but April also brings longer days and warmer weather meaning the time is right to start some outdoor gardening. Onions, peas, spinach, parsnips and other cool-weather crops can be planted in your garden at the end of the month, but make sure that the soil is not too wet. Proper garden preparation is one of the most important tasks you can do in spring to guarantee a plenteous harvest. A crucial first step is to find out when to turn the soil. If the soil clumps together and is sticky, then tilling may lead to soil aeration, drainage, and compaction problems further on in the season. When you work the soil and it crumbles then you can consider tilling it.

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Testing soil regularly is also crucial. If you didn’t have the soil of your garden around your log cabin tested last autumn, then you should pick up a soil testing kit this year. Depending on the results of these tests, you can add suitable amounts of fertilizer, manure and lime to the soil. Plough the soil at least once, turn under any residues or cover any crops left from autumn. Then add lime, manure and other organic fertilizers to prevent harming the soft roots of the plants. You can also use chemical fertilizers, but make sure you use them in moderation, because chemical fertilizers when over-used in the soil can harm your plants, causing them to burn.

In addition, chemical fertilizers work fast, however if they are added too early in the season they may leak out of the soil and lose their efficiency. When planning your garden around your log cabin, you can also use raised beds to dry out wet soils to make the soil looser for easier root penetration. By changing crops every season you can help the vegetables benefit from the different nutrients present in the soil. Peas and beans fix nitrogen in the soil; next you should plant crops such as corn because it is a heavy nitrogen user. Vegetables like potatoes and tomatoes should not be planted in series as they are susceptible to the same diseases.

Also, remove the mulches from strawberries on time. As the leaves emerge from under the straw they will look yellowish, remove the mulch from the plants. Mulching of the plants assists in keeping the berries clean, conserving moisture and controlling weeds. In the case of other plants like perennials or roses, removing the mulch completely will help the soil to warm up quicker, improving better early season growth. You can also use the old mulch on garden vegetables or for the compost heap. However, if excessive frost is expected, be ready to recover the plants to prevent them from damage.

Get rid of any dead stems or foliage from perennials, especially if you didn’t do it in the autumn. Consider pruning roses when new buds start to grow. Stems that look dead may actually be alive and will begin to grow next month. A warmer April means a new generation of eastern tent caterpillars or gypsy moths will produce and start feeding on the leaves of your trees. If the infestation is significant, it can be a threat to the life of the trees. By starting to prepare the garden around your log cabin early you can fight back all such issues.

Remove eggs from the trees before you they hatch. The eggs of Gypsy moth are buff coloured and you can find them on stones, fences, trees, garden furniture and other such places. Eastern tent caterpillar eggs can be found in brownish masses, matching a large raisin clutched around a branch. Remove the eggs and destroy them. Make new borders and beds and clean and repair your garden tools. During warm days, you can also consider treating sheds, trellises and fences with wood preservative ‒ rollers and brushes are great for several things. Also, you can consider buying a sprayer for difficult projects like woven panels.

You should also increase the water you give to the plants, because of the increased warmth in the season. However, if it has been raining for a few days, you should avoid watering plants for at least one or two days. Other activities you can indulge in later in April include placing seedlings in cold frames and fertilizing the fruit trees and garden around your log cabin. By doing all these things you can easily ensure the beauty of your garden around your log cabin.

Usually, garden owners think of April as a rainy month, but it’s not always the case. So, make sure that you give enough time to your garden and inspect it closely to keep weeds under control, protect fruit blossom, feed hungry roses and shrubs, prune trees, sow hardy annuals and herb seeds to make sure that your garden always look as refreshing and as flourishing as it possibly can. You can also visit the local nursery to find what else you can have in your garden that can beautify it and your log cabin and bear more vegetables and fruits to you.

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