So spring has finally arrived with warm weather and beautiful flowers! Trees and shrubs are starting to break bud and perennials are slowly emerging. Now is a great time to evaluate the garden to see what needs replacing or what areas need sprucing. But do remember before you pull out that Crape Myrtle or Rose of Sharon, that some plants wake up late and should be left alone until the second week of May to determine if they faired the winter well or not.
Don't turn the water off yet! Plants continue to use water late into the season. So make sure to keep them watered until the ground freezes...especially evergreens.
When planting evergreens in deer country, protect them from damage through the winter by either spraying them with Deer Free Winter Armor or by wrapping netting around them. Because even the most deer resistant plants can fall victim to grumbling deer tummies!
Plant your Spring flowering bulbs now before your perennials go dormant so you don't accidentally dig them up!
Protect tree trunks from deer damage now by installing a trunk wrap around them. This will prevent rutting damage and bark stripping from now through the winter.
Fall is for planting!
As the days get shorter, the temperatures drop, and the rains start to come back, plants start to produce more root growth to supply the flush of new growth they will produce next spring. Fall is a great time to plant...for you and them.
If you remove the spent and faded blossoms of your Panicle Hydrangeas like PeeGee and Limelight, you will get fresh new blossoms. The old ones make great dried flowers too.
(and cornstalks are delicious!)
Don't forget to dead-head your perennials and flowering shrubs to encourage rebloom. Plants like Hydrangeas, Butterfly Bushes, Salvias and Nepetas will send up secondary blossoms if the spent ones are removed.