Garden Maintenance Tips

  • Weeding your garden can be very relaxing and enjoyable.       It all depends upon your attitude.
  • In spring – cut back last year’s growth and old stems of your perennials.
  • Fluff mulch, check average depth and adjust.       If you have bare soil, lightly cultivate
  • Perform deadheading of flowers, removing all spent and unsightly flower heads.
  • Transplant and divide perennials if the gardens become overgrown or to introduce plants to other areas of the garden. Share your garden with your friends and family.
  • Some plants need added nutrients to flourish. This can be done simply with products such as Miracle Grow or Miracid and a watering can.
  • Winterize plants by cutting back perennials and appropriate shrubbery (spirea, potentilla, butterflybush, etc.). Wrap and/or spray wilt proof to protect highly susceptible plants from winter damage (deer, cold-dry winds and crushing from snow loads). Mound mulch around plants if needed.
  • Roses – uncover and prune as needed.
  • Inspect your plants for insects and diseases.
  • Inspect your shrubs and trees for animal damage.
  • Remove any mulch piled against the trunks of your trees
  • Install stakes near perennials that will need staking and peony cages when the peonies first start to grow.
  • Cut back roses in the late fall.
  • Clean rose beds and cover with mulch or rose cones in the late fall.
  • Climbing roses – if possible place canes underground or wrap with burlap.

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