April is National Lawn and Garden Month. During this month our lawns should start to green up, even if it is still a little chilly. What better way to celebrate than to spruce up your front yard with fresh flowers and get your garden ready for all your salad fixings.

Below, enjoy some useful tips from www.scotts.com:

•    Remember the rule of thumb for mowing: Never remove more than 1/3 the height of the grass blades at once.
•    If you haven't already done so, get that lawn equipment ready for the upcoming season. Give your mower, edger and trimmer a spring tune up. Be sure your mower blades are sharp and properly balanced.
•    Now is a great time to start any grass seeding projects, as the soil is warming up and the temperatures are still cool.
•    Repair bare spots in your lawn. If they are smaller than a saucer, they will naturally fill in as the grass grows. If they are larger than a saucer, consider patching them. Clean out your garden of any debris that may have collected during the colder months. Use a rake clean off the bed, being careful to not disturb any bulbs you may have planted in the fall.
•    Begin fighting weeds before they appear in your garden beds – stop weeds before they start. Treat your garden with a pre-emergent weed control.
•    Early spring is the time to prune your trees and shrubs before growth begins.

•    Fall planted bulbs are beginning to peek out of the ground and they need proper nutrients to continue growing; feed them with a slow-release plant food like Miracle-Gro All Purpose Shake N' Feed Plant Food.

Also, available is a growing guide and tips, thanks to www.almanac.com this includes a link to a garden planner. So, grab your soil and spade and enjoy the outdoors. Want to show off, take before and after photos and send them to me, Shawna@doubledayinsurance.com. Your lawn and garden could be featured on our Facebook page!!