"“The April winds are magical,
And thrill our tuneful frames;
The garden-walks are passional
To bachelors and to dames.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
Mid-Atlantic weather watch: Fair and cool (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) with showers mainly in the southern part of the region (10, 11). Fair and mild (12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)with severe storms (18, 19). Fair and mild again (20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25) with more storms in the south (26, 27). Stormy and heavy rains
(28, 29, 30, 31).
Tornado Watch: Some tornado activity is forecast moving into the Mid-Atlantic Region from the South Plains from March 13th to the 19th.
Full Moon: March's Full Moon will occur on April 25th at 2:57 PM EST. It has been commonly referred to as Fish Moon because with the warmer weather, fishing in lakes and streams would begin to improve at this time of year. It also has been often referred to as PINK MOON because of the many flowers that turn pink and bloom during the month.
Special Notes: Earth Day is observed on Monday, April 22nd. Make a special effort today (and every day!) to go a bit easier on ol' Mother Earth. To find some appropriate activities to help you get into the habit of treating her better, call the Earth Day Network at (202) 518-0044 or go to www.earthday.net. Here's an idea.Check out the 80+
varieties of trees at the National Arbor Day Foundation's website at www.arborday.org and try and plant a tree on Arbor Day on Monday, April 29th. Mother Earth can always use more trees! April 30th is International Jazz Day. Celebrate America's own original music and listen to some good contemporary jazz as well as some of the old classics by Miles Davis, Dave
Brubeck, John Coltrane, and Charlie Parker. Really cool, man!
The Garden: Spring has been officially here since March 21st and the weather will continue to get warmer and warmer. Spend those warmer days outside cleaning up debris from garden beds and around bushes, hedges, and shrubs. Check trellis and support wires for climbers and rose bushes before the plants fully develop. Winds, frost and snow can often
dislodge supports during the winter. Set out annuals, perennials, and other bedding plants in late April and remember to apply a balanced fertilizer appropriate for your soil. Now is a great time to plant shrubs, such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Spiraea, and Viburnums for late Spring color. Get the lawn ready by treating it with some pre-emergent crabgrass killer
right after forsythia bloom. If you plan on starting a new lawn from seed, prepare the soil now. Rake the surface level and add a general fertilizer. Don't forget those fruit trees! When the temperatures exceed 40 degrees daily, spray with dormant oil. Do this before they start to leaf out.
J. Grubers' Thought for Today's Living:
"A day when nothing has been accomplished can never be recaptured and is lost forever”
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