Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do
An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.
- Lunar Phase: 2nd Quarter begins on Friday, April 12
- Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Aquarius - Water, prune, fertilize and compost
- The danger of frost has passed, so it’s an excellent time to prune off any of the winter damage and then to encourage the new growth by applying a balanced fertilizer. Citrus food is suggested for orange, limes, lemons, and avocados and an all-purpose for Bouganvilleas and ornamentals.
Later in the Week
- Tuesday/Thursday: Moon in the sign of Gemini/Cancer - Plant seasonal color, vines, and melons
- Shady areas come alive with color in June and July by planting Lily bulbs. If you have no room in the ground, they are excellent in containers and available now at your favorite garden center.
Other Things To-do
- The flower clusters on Liquidambar trees are now emerging along with the new growth. The flowers are those green, tightly grouped masses that are located at the tip of the new growth. The flower cluster produces the spiny pods that are a nuisance for the rest of the season. You abort the formation of the seed pods by spraying the flowers with Florel Fruit Eliminator.
- If you are thinking about planting a flowering tree visit your favorite garden center and see the Flowering Crabapples and Cherries trees now in bloom. Even if you're not ready to plant make a note of the varieties that are particularly attractive to you, so you’ll have a reference for later on
- And finally, grass areas should be mowed weekly. It's also advisable to alternate the mowing pattern every time you cut the grass. This prevents the grass from lying down and growing in one direction.