Offer your lawn a boost. April is
one of the best times to rejuvenate an established lawn. To fill bare patches, use commercially available grass seed, selecting for sun or shade. Apply a high-nitrogen fertilizer to encourage growth as the lawn revives from winter dormancy and later to fortify it over the summer months. If you crave a bright-green, showpiece lawn without weeds, you'll be spending more
money on fertilizer, weed killers, and water, and dedicating many weekend hours, to achieve perfection. You can still have a decent lawn by mowing regularly and watering only in severe droughts, letting the lawn fend for itself. It will save you time and energy and be more environmentally friendly as well.
Give special care to Easter plants. If you're seeking just the right gift
for a gardener or you just want to add some seasonal color to your own surroundings, select pansies, primroses, lilies, hydrangeas, or azaleas. If you're the one on the receiving end, check to see whether the plants are double-potted in decorative, watertight containers or baskets. If so, after watering, remove any excess water that collects in the bottom to prevent roots from rotting. Keep tender plants indoors at least until mid-May to avoid frost damage.
Patricia Schrieber is director of education for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) ( www.phsonline.org), and co-owner of Valentine Gardens ( www.valentine-gardens.com).