Rest time for the garden. Start thinking about plans for the spring. Now is the time for planning a new garden bed or vegetable garden. Call to determine how we can help you have the garden you imagine.
Spring will be here soon. Call to make appointments for applying pre-emergent weed control for early March. Schedule power washing of patios and walkways.
Start looking for crocus and snowdrops! Pansies brighten the garden and are cold hardy. The time to apply pre-emergent weed control in the garden is now before the soil warms up enough for weed seeds to begin germinating. Call to make appointments for mulching, edging, and spring cleanup. Early vegetable crops, such as spinach, can be planted towards the end of the month. The end of the month is a good time for us to come and power wash patios and walkways.
Spring is here! Look for daffodils, tulips, and all kinds of flowering trees. Magnolias are the earliest followed by flowering pear and cherry. Gardening begins in earnest now. This is a good time to plant perennials, shrubs, and trees to allow their root systems to establish before the heat of summer. Let us help you plan that new garden or get your established garden ready to look its best.
Time to plant annuals! Typically we are frost free by mid-May, and it is safe to plant annuals, vegetables, and containers. With warmer weather and plenty of rain this is the busiest time for gardeners. Generally, the area soil has a clay like consistency, and ammending it with products such as hummus or mushroom compost can jump start your garden's growth potential. Be sure to mulch to help control weeds and to preserve moisture in the soil.
It is time to reapply the weed control in the garden. Keeping ahead of weeds before they become established is important early in the season. Watering newly planted flowers, shrubs, and trees is essential for their growth and health. Now is also the time to prune shrubs. Enjoy watching perennials such as tiger lilies, peonies, and coral bells bloom.
Keep watering! Container gardens are especially susceptible to drying out. To keep containers looking their best be sure to water them daily in the morning or evening. This keeps the soil from drying out so quickly in the heat of the day. This is usually the time when many leave for vacation. Remember, we can help maintain your garden while you are gone with watering, weeding, and deadheading. Look for black eyed susans and butterfly bushes to be in their glory.
For those who planted vegetable gardens, it is time to reap the bounty! Ripe red tomatoes, sweet corn, and zucchini, zucchini, zucchini. Cut back early blooming perennials like speedwell and geraniums to encourage new, fresh growth of their leaves. Trim containers and feed them to extend their life. Be sure to water generously in the evenings so plants have all night to be refreshed. Continue with deadheading.
The heat of the summer is passing, and now is an excellent time to divide and transplant perennials. It is also a great time to plant, and many deals can be found at local nurseries on perennials, shrubs, and trees. Bulb planting for the spring begins now also. Continue harvesting those vegetables. Look for anemones to bloom, brightening shadier spots in the garden and asters to show their glory.
The mornings are crisper and the leaves are turning. Fall clean up time for the garden. Let us help you with cutting back perennials, removing annuals as they die off from frost, empty containers, and rake leaves out of your garden beds. Replant containers using pansies and chrysanthemums. If your soil has not performed well this summer, consider working some organic matter into it for the spring.
Continue to rake leaves out of garden beds and to cut back or remove plants that have died off for the season. You can leave grasses for structure in the winter garden or have them cut back. Put away pots so they are not damaged over the freeze thaw cycle of the winter. We can help you clean your gutters of leaves and debris or consider calling to schedule holiday decorating outdoors. Clean out your bird feeders and houses as well.
The garden gets quiet at this time of year. Final garden clean up for winter involves the removal of leaves and any final cutting back. Let us help you with your holiday decorating by putting up lights, wreaths, and swags outdoors. Small conifers work well in containers surrounded by branches of red berries and white lights.
Don't forget about the birds. Time to stock up those feeders.