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It's Time to...
It's Time to:
|Posted on April 8, 2014 at 3:24 AM||comments ()|
It's Time to:
1. Prune your roses when the forsythia bloom.
shape, make smaller, or encourage flowering....for example, buddleia (to 18"or so ); ornamental grasses (down to the new growth); and red or yellow-twig dogwoods down almost to the ground to provide brightly colored twigs emerging from the ground in the winter.
3. DO NOT prune any plants that flower in the spring. such as certain clematis (Type 1).
4. Clean up your beds by removing any fallen debris, which can harbor bugs & diseases.
5. Apply corn gluten meal (safe for kids & pets) to your lawn NOW as a natural pre-emergent weed killer that also feeds the lawn.
5. Feed your plants. Keep it simple: Use Espoma Holly Tone for azaleas, rhododendron, holly (of course), etc. Use Espoma Plant Tone for all other plants. (Mature trees do not need to be fertilized.)
What To Do Now in Your Garden (Southeastern PA)
|Posted on November 3, 2013 at 1:22 AM||comments ()|
Gardens in Zones 6 & 7
My fall mantra: She who rakes last, rakes least!
1. By now, your houseplants should be inside.
2. Gently tie your climbing roses (I use old pantyhose), so that they do not whip around in the winter winds. Mulch all roses, also, as long as you don't have problems with mice & voles which hide in winter mulch and nibble on canes and roots.
3. Time to prune some perennials including:
~ Bearded Iris (after a killing frost to help avoid iris borers who enjoy snacking on the floppy iris leaves)
~Cat mint (you can't kill that stuff)
~Hardy Bergonias (which are prone to crown rot)
~Japanese Anenomes (also called windflowers in our area)
~ Meadow Rue
~ Peonies, (after the killing frost)
~Phlox paniculata (fungus magnet)
TIP: If you don't know whether or not to prune something in the fall, error on the side of not pruning until spring.
In general, plants that bloom in the early spring do not get pruned in the fall.
4. Plant spring-flowering bulbs! You will get the most bang for your buck with bulbs that naturalize such as daffodils (try the scented kind).
Read the labels on bags of bulbs. There are many that are deer resistant; grow well in the shade; and tolerate poor soil & growing conditions.
It's Time to.... Plus Gardening Tips
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Early May in SE PA , It's Time to...
|Posted on May 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM||comments ()|
1. Head out to the garden centers to buy plants. Primex Nursery is selling roses for 20% off this weekend, beginning Friday, May 3. While there, pick up a bag of worm castings---not cheap, but manna for flowering plants. And buy Pro-Mix to enhance your soil. (Remember: always put a 50 cent plant in a $5 hole!)
Stores are now filled with annuals, perennials, and new shrubs. However, don't buy impatiens; they are doomed by disease. Better to use begonias. Red begonias go with everything!
Look for long-blooming perennials such as coreopsis, salvia, black-eyed Susans, and agastache.
I love fragrance in the garden. So, among other plants, I bought a pretty abelia shrub, 3 "tree" gardenias at $18 each from Produce Junction, and 8 smelly roses for a wonderful client. The gardenias favor an acidic soil . Also, I added a systemic insecticide to the soil when I repotted them. Bugs love gardenias.
Now, get growing~
It's Time to:
|Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:09 PM||comments ()|
1. Feed your plants and shrubs EXCEPT FOR HERBS. I use Espoma's Holly Tone on my acid-loving plants; Rose Tone on my roses; and Plant Tone on the rest. (Before I feed I do ph testing of my soil in each bed.) Best to feed when soil is moist.....just before rain. Gently scratch fertilizer into the soil, 6'to 8" away from the base of the plant....to avoid "burning" the plant.
TIP of the day: Hellebores.....look under them now to see if you have any baby hellebores sprouting, which is highly likely. You can transplant these now and carefully water in.
April 13. It's Time to....
|Posted on April 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM||comments ()|
April 13, 2013...It's time to:
1. Finish your spring pruning:
4. Time to buy SUMMER BULBS. I have another presentation on that topic coming up soon.
Check out my Presentation Schedule to attend live workshops, free unless specified.
Time to get off the couch & Get Growing!
Early April.....It's time to
|Posted on April 4, 2013 at 3:52 AM||comments ()|
Its time to:
1. Continue to clean up your garden beds.
2. Divide perennials by digging up the clump and pulling sections apart or slicing with a sharp knife. Then replant the sections in other areas in your yard. For example, I recently dug up daylilies and divided them, also Siberian iris, and hosta.
3. Cut down your ornamental grasses to about 10" or so. Do not cut below the new grass that you will see emerging from the base. If your grass was floppy last year, you may need to divide it now and cut out the dead area in the middle... Same with mums and sedums.
4. Do not prune anything that is going to bloom in the spring, for instance, lilacs, early-blooming clematis, and azaleas.
5.Do cut your clematis that blooms in early summer to the fall......Jackmani and Sweet Autumn, for example.
6. Prune your crepe myrtle and budleas (to 12" or so )....best flowers come from new wood. Also prune your Rose-of-Sharons.
7. If you haven't fed your plants yet, do so now. I buy Espoma's Rose Tone; Holly Tone for my azaleas and other acid-loving plants; and a regular formula such as a 10-10-10.
8. Move roses, perennials, and shrubs now. Amend soil before replanting.
9. Plant sod now, but not grass seeds.
This is a great time to work in your garden! The weather is cool, and you can get a fresh start making changes in your beds----things that may have not worked well together can be changed.
So get growing~
Late March, It's Time To:
|Posted on March 25, 2013 at 2:45 AM||comments ()|
1. Prune your roses to 18" or so.
2. Scratch in fertilizer, such as Rose Tone , around the base of the rose. Also, sprinkle Epsom salt around the base to encourage new canes to emerge from the base.
3. Spray Neem Oil on roses and on the ground to help prevent diseases, insects, and mites.
4. Begin to clean up your garden beds to help eliminate insect and disease problems.
5. Prune your ornamental grasses to 6" or so. You will see new growth emerging; don't cut into this.
6. Prune butterfly bushes to 16' or so. This encourages more flowers.
7. Feed your acid-loving plants with Holly Tone. These include hollies, azaleas, evergreens, and hydrangeas. A complete list is on the bag.
8. Take photos of your garden. This is a good time to review shapes and textures. And seeing photos allows you to be more objective.
9. DO NOT prune anything that blooms in the spring, for example, lilacs, some clematis, azaleas, and rhodes.
10. Feel overwhelmed with your spring gardening chores? Work on one garden bed or one section of your yard at a time.
Any questions? Just let me know!! I love talking plants. MM
It's time to:
|Posted on March 6, 2013 at 3:50 AM||comments ()|
1. Clean & sharpen your tools. Use naval jelly to remove rust, then sharpen with a sharpening stone by making forward strikes to the blade at a 45 degree angle. Apply machine oil or WD-40 to lubricate tool joints.
2. Begin to clean up your garden beds.
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Blog is still underway. Stay tuned.... ~Mary