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Spring Planting: Southern Utah Guide To Gardening In April

Gardening can be a rewarding endeavor, but some research is necessary to get the best results for your efforts. Southern Utah has unique considerations because of the arid climate of the area. The frost free season starts at the beginning of April and ends in October. This six month window allows both a spring and fall planting season. Keep in mind the higher your elevation, the later your frost free season will start. So keep your specific geography in mind when you plant. When in doubt, plant when your soil temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Some frost hardy vegetables are best planted earlier in the season and some should be started indoors and then transplanted to an April garden. For those wanting jump in this month the following vegetables are the best to plant at the beginning of April:

Best Plants to Start In April

  • Beans
  • Cantaloupe
  • Southern peas
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Consider Installing a Irrigation Drip System

We can install a drip irrigation system to ensure your plants get all the water they need this season. This way it doesn’t have to be a daily to-do on your list and you can be sure your plants are taken care of if you leave town for any amount of time. This method is the most efficient way to water your plants when it comes to time, money, and the best line of health for your crop. A drip line is placed in the ground near the base of your plants. Water is delivered directly to your plants without any loss from runoff or evaporation. This also prevents mulch and fertilizer from being washed away. Washington County supports a Water Smart Irrigation Rebate Program that can help cover the cost. Apply today to see if your project qualifies.

How to Beat The Heat

The climate of southern Utah brings brutal summer heat. Multiple days of soaring temperatures can kill your crop. Remember that your plants will need more water in the heat than they do in the early spring. Make sure your watering strategy can adapt to the weather. Placing your garden in a spot where it gets shade for parts of the day may also help so pay attention to which crops require partial or full sun exposure.

The late afternoon is the hottest time for plants. Installing a fixture to create shade or putting up shade cloths will protect your plants from the heat. We at Stonetree wish you a plentiful and delicious harvest. Please call us for help if you find you’re in need of lawncare expertise and services.

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