Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Gardening

It's Spring and it's time to beautify your gardens. Start removing dead, damaged and diseased branches from woody plants. Thin and trip summer blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, and most roses except old fashioned one. Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth. Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering. One of the tips for spring gardening is, clear the planting are as soon as soil can be worked and remove weeds and debris. Then plant bare root trees, shrubs and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible. Transplant container-grown plants anytime during the growing season except midsummer; be sure to water them thoroughly. Don't forget to apply balance fertilizer, ish emulsion, or other soil amendments recommended by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.

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