Hoards of beetles seemed to hatch in my garden almost overnight. When it comes to garden pests, If it isn’t one thing, it’s another.
As tempting as it might be to prune those dead-looking hydrangeas, I’ve thought in other years that those tan, dry blank sticks would never leaf out…but most did.
For shrub roses, such as the prolific Knock-Out® varieties, you don’t need to snip branch by branch, worrying about which way the buds are facing.
Wait a minute, didn’t I just tell you this spring NOT to prune your old-fashioned pink and blue hydrangeas? Yes, but some hydrangea are better pruned.
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.
First everything bloomed early, then it got incredibly hot and a lot of plants just plain fried. Now you’ve got browned leaves, spent stems that withered and flopped, and perennials that pooped out weeks ago. Give them a haircut.
Now’s a good time to prune those brown droopy hydrangea deadheads and, if you have one of the newer reblooming hydrangeas, you can cut as often as you like, because they make new flowers all summer.
What to do about a big yew? Prune it.
If you left leaves in your garden beds last fall and let perennial stems and dried flowerheads hang on so you had something to look at all winter, it’s time to get out your rake and get down to business.
Leap Day is a good cue to take care of those garden chores that don’t need doing every year.
Approaching an overgrown rose bush can be a bit overwhelming, so consider doing it in two stages.
PECO tree trimming begins in select Philadelphia neighborhoods next week.
It’s never fun to see a tree get hurt in a storm, but it’s not always the end of the world – or even the end of that tree.
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.
The great thing about cleaning your garden now is that it’s easy to tell what part to take away – everything that has died is brown, tan, broken off already or snaps right off in your hand.