Gardener’s To-Do List for April

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of April.


Dig up your parsnipsIf you don't know what USDA Plant Hardiness Zone you live in, check the map here to find out.

April To-Do List for Zone 3

  • Dig up and enjoy parsnips still left in the garden from last fall.
  • Dig compost into beds as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Fertilize established lawns.
  • If weather allows, plant onion sets, lettuce, spinach, peas, sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus), carrots, and parsnips in the garden.
  • Indoors, continue to start seeds of squash, melons, and corn.
  • Start gladiolus corms indoors.
  • Sprout seed potatoes by moving them from cold storage into room temperature.
  • In the last week of the month, remove winter covering from tender roses, perennials, and strawberries.