Here’s a garden mistake I made that turned into a nice surprise.
Gardeners like to use the 4th of July as a reminder for some stuff you shouldn’t wait much longer to do, such as pruning spring flowering shrubs.
While most of the garden has gone brown, there are still a few roses and some unexpected bloomers that add a touch of color well into November.
By moving plants correctly early in the fall, you have a good chance they’ll be happily leafing out and blooming in their new spots next spring.
Along with fun stuff like fireworks, many gardening chores are keyed to the Fourth of July, such as pruning back spring flowering shrubs like azaleas.
Some evergreen shrubs can get burned by winter winds or suffer sun or frost damage. One way to help them through the winter is by spraying the leaves with an anti-desiccant so they don’t dry out.
An accelerated spring means many plants will bloom sooner than expected, which can also mean earlier pruning.
The ASPCA offers several suggestions of spring gardening safety with your pets in mind.
They’re beautiful, native and blooming right now. Virginia bluebells, Latin name Mertensia virginica, are woodland plants that you can easily grow in moist, shady spots in your yard.
By bringing some branches inside you can ‘force’ the flowers to bloom before your eyes.
Isn’t there something you’re supposed to prune before the Fourth of July? Oh yeah, your azaleas. And there some other timely garden chores as well.
No matter how bad things seem in the middle of winter, it’s important not to panic, prune or plan to yank everything out. Why not wait and see how things look later in the spring?