Eager to get outside and work in your garden?! Here are some things you can do this weekend:
• Cut your ornamental grasses to the ground. Finer grasses and leaves may be mulched with a mulching lawnmower and put back in the garden to add nutrients to the soil. Larger grasses should be cut into smaller sections and mulched using a mulcher.
• Prune hybrid tea, floribunda and grandiflora roses back to the green growth and prune out any dead branches. Shrub roses, including Knock Outs, do not need to be pruned.
• Remove dead leaves from perennials that have new growth.
• It's safe to prune non-blooming shrubs to remove dead or crossing branches, but do not prune spring blooming bushes such as forsythias, lilacs, fragrant viburnums. These should be pruned right after they finish blooming. If you didn’t venture outdoors to prune your fruit trees in the winter, now is the time to prune before the buds appear.
• Remember some perennials like Plumbago or Hibiscus are late to emerge. If you haven't seen any new growth yet, don't worry they will show up mid to late May.
• Sharpen and clean your garden tools for the upcoming season. Or wait until next weekend, April 1. Will Storm will be sharpening tools from 11am-4pm at the Spring Kickoff in Aurora. (Fees vary per piece and are paid directly to Will Storm.)
• Don’t forget to take time to stretch before you begin to avoid sore muscles. Gardening is good for your physical and mental health, so enjoy the sunshine!
Posted on 3/24/2017 at 3:02:00 AM