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Upper Midwest gardening really starts to get going in April. The seeds have been started for the vegetable garden, bulbs are blooming, and now it’s time to start thinking about the rest of the growing season. Add these things to your garden to-do list for April.

April Gardening Tasks for the Upper Midwest

If you’re itching to get your hands in the dirt and on plants, April is a good time to get started on several important growing chores.

April Garden Maintenance Tips

While the active growing season is really getting underway, enough has grown at this point that it’s already time to start maintenance chores.

  • Tidy up spring bulbs by clipping off the spent flowers. Let the leaves stay in place until they begin to brown. This is important for collecting energy for next year’s bloom. Those bulb leaves don’t look great, so put in some annuals to hide them.
  • Cut back last year’s perennials if you haven’t done so already. Wait to prune spring flowering trees and shrubs until they are done blooming.
  • Get your lawn mower and edge trimmer ready for the season with oil changes, air filters, and other upkeep.
  • If you have a decorative pond, do a spring cleaning by dredging it. You can put the material in a compost pile.
Mary Ellen Ellis

Mary Ellen Ellis has been gardening for over 20 years. With degrees in Chemistry and Biology, Mary Ellen's specialties are flowers, native plants, and herbs.