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My monthly to-do list was compiled from a variety of sources over the years, some that I don’t remember, but also from The Virgin Home-Owner’s Handbook by Hap Hatton & Laura Torbet (out of print) and Month-To-Month Gardening, Utah.

Regular, routine home, yard, and lawn maintenance can prevent serious and costly repairs.  Taking just a few hours a month can keep your yard and lawn looking good and keep your home running smoothly.

  • Check irrigation system to make sure it is running.  Make repairs as necessary.
  • Apply 1/2 to 1 lb. Nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn.
  • Check roof gutters and downspouts to make sure they aren’t clogged or leaking.
  • Rake in 2″ to 3″ of compost into all garden areas and beds.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke detectors.
  • Drain 1 gallon of water from bottom of hot-water heater to remove scale, sediment, rust, and mineral deposits.
  • Clean and repair window and door screens.
  • Prune roses.

To find out what to do in your garden in April, check out Sunset, The Utah Rose Society, Vegetable Planting Times, USU Cooperative Extension Gardening Tips, and the J & L Gardening Calendar.

You may also want to check out these free classes offered by J & L Garden Center as well as these classes (some free some not) offered by the USU Cooperative Extension.

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