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Maggie's Words of Advice: April

If the weather stays warm, you can plant annuals like petunias, geraniums and marigolds in the sun and coleus, impatiens and green-leaf begonias in the shade.

Now’s time to plant all of the things you might have been wary of transplanting during the winter. Be sure to including shrubs, such as rhododendrons, viburnums, azaleas or spiraea for late spring color in your garden.

After the danger of frost has past, begin planting warm season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, and cucumbers.

You can begin planting summer-flowering bulbs in late April after the threat of frost has passed.

Remove faded flowers from daffodils, tulips and hyacinths, but let the foliage die naturally. Feed spring-flowering bulbs with fertilizer immediately following the fading blooms.

To keep your garden vibrant, prune early spring blooming shrubs like forsythia, azaleas and weigela so that the newer blooming plants can take over the show in the garden.

Houseplants can gradually be moved outdoors to enjoy the southern sun. Place houseplant containers in an area that receives partial shade – not direct sun.

Houseplants may need to be watered more often as your home receives more sun. If leaves start to droop or wilt start watering more frequently.

Keep your houseplants fed throughout the growing season. Now is the time to start a monthly fertilizing schedule.

Attract seed eating birds like chickadees, tufted titmice, wrens, finches and cardinals by planting shrubs that provide the birds with a treat. Some favorite snack plants include: ornamental grasses, coneflowers and black-eyed Susans.