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At Lon Smith, we specialize in Dallas and Fort Worth roofing and many of our clients are getting ready to start their gardens. The month of April is a big month for gardeners in Texas. It is time to start planting your garden but also keeping on the lookout for storms that may damage your crops.

With so much to do during this time of year, having a handy list to keep you on track will help you get the most out of your home garden. Take a look at these tips below.

https://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/8761781Texas Gardener’s April Checklist This is a pivotal month for planting, sowing seeds, fertilizing and performing important garden maintenance chores.

With so much to do, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, but simply take it a step at a time to ensure your garden is healthy, lush and beautiful.

And keep one eye on the thermometer — while we’re less likely to have a late-season frost at this point, it’s not impossible, so be sure to cover up tender seedlings or new transplants if temperatures dip.

Noel Cross+Architects Sow SeedsAlmost any plant easily grown from seed can be sown this month.

Be sure to check the planting directions on the backs of the seed packets to know the proper planting depth for each seed type.Annuals.

Opt for celosia, coleus, periwinkle, sunflower, zinnia, gomphrena, ageratum and cleome.Herbs.

Most herbs can be sown this month, including chives, catmint, basil, thyme, oregano, sorrel, tansy, winter savory, summer savory, yarrow, tarragon, germander, lavender, cumin, comfrey, sage and rosemary.

Lots of vegetable seeds can be sown: lima beans, snap beans, beets, chard, okra, radishes and summer squash.

Wait until late April to sow seeds for corn, cucumbers, eggplant and pumpkin.

Erin Ponte Landscape Design Plant Your GardenYou can plant nearly anything this month.Vegetables.

Eggplant, peppers, summer squash, tomatoes, tomatillos and sweet potato slips can be planted from 4- to 6-inch containers.Fruit.

Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon are good options; look for them in 4-inch pots.Herbs.

Nearly all herbs can be planted, including rosemary, chives, thyme, oregano, lavender, sorrel, catmint, sage, lemongrass, lemon verbena, basil, catnip, bay laurel and tarragon. Read more…