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Gardening tasks for April  

It finally feel like spring!  Enjoy your home and its surroundings by planting flowers, trees and vegtables this weekend.  This is a great family project and the vegtables always taste better and are healthier than store bought.  

By:  Debbie Arrington

• This is the last chance to plant citrus trees such as dwarf orange, lemon and kumquat. These trees also look good in landscaping and provide fresh fruit in winter.

• Smell orange blossoms? Feed citrus trees with a low dose of balanced fertilizer (such as 10-10-10) during bloom to help set fruit. Keep an eye out for ants.

• Apply slow-release fertilizer to the lawn.

• Thoroughly clean debris from the bottom of outdoor ponds or fountains.

• Feed shrubs and trees with a slow-release fertilizer. Or mulch with a 1-inch layer of compost.

• Azalea and camellia leaves looking a little yellow? Give them a boost with chelated iron.

• Trim dead flowers but not leaves from spring-flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Those leaves gather energy to create next year's flowers. Also, give the bulbs a fertilizer boost after bloom.

• Pinch chrysanthemums back to 12 inches for fall flowers. Cut old stems to the ground.

PLANTING GUIDE

• Vegetables

From seed: Beans (snap), beets, cantaloupe, carrots, chard, corn, cucumbers, melons, onion sets, pumpkins, radishes and squash.

From transplants: Bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green bunching onions and lettuce. As weather warms, tomatoes.

• Flowers

From seed: Asters, cosmos, celosia, marigolds, salvia, sunflowers and zinnias.

From transplants: Geraniums, pansies, petunias, primroses, violas, zinnias and other summer annuals. Also, plant perennials, dahlia tubers and summer bulbs, such as gladiolus and tuberous begonias.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/04/09/3539603/your-garden-guide-to-spring.html#ixzz1J4OU7xJB

What a great way to improve your home surroundings.  Make sure that your home is protected at the limits you need to cover any losses.  Not sure what coverage you currently have?  Contact Cliff Cottam Insurance Services  for a fast free quote!  Give us a call at (800) 807-6871 or complete our online homeowners or rental quote form today!
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