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Don’ts For Spring Cleanup

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Keeping up with pruning is important so that your landscape doesn’t get out of control like this one!
Last week I listed things you should do in your landscape for spring cleanup. This blog is about things to not do or not do too early.

Do not cut back roses, buddlia (butterfly bush), caryopteris until the weather is warmer. Late spring frosts can kill the plants if cut back too early.

Do not cut clematis back in the spring except for the fall blooming paniculata because you will be cutting off the blooms. Wait until it finishes its bloom before pruning.

Do not prune any spring or early summer blooming plant until after it blooms unless you do not care about forgoing the flower for that season.

Do not shear any plant that you want to keep in its natural growing shape. Shearing ruins the form of most plants that are pruned that way. The correct way to reduce the size of ta plant is to cut one third of the plant way down into the wood of it. That will take a few years to grow back out. Each year you should cut one thhird or so of the plant; that way you will be keeping it at the size you desire without ruining the look of it.

Do not use dyed mulch (even though the color holds up better) if you care about adding dyes to our water table and if you don’t want to have unnecessary wood born insects, such as termites, on your property. Dyed mulch is not aged naturally so it doesn’t heat up to destroy these insects before being laid on your property.

If you need professional pruning or are not sure what to prune and when, call us to help you.

How to Go From Outdated to WOW!

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This new space creates a new area to relax as well as adds value or curb appeal to the front of this home on the way to the front door.

What makes a landscape look outdated?  The number one reason is plants sheared in various shapes to prevent them from growing over windows or eating your house.  Many new homeowners install plants along their foundation when they initially move iinto their home.  They haven’t studied varieties,k cultivars, and selections enough to understand how big some plants can grow as they mature.  They see plants they like in the garden center or nursery and think they would look nice.

When plants are inexpensive and large in the garden center, it’s generally because they grow fast.  For that reason, these are poor choices for use along foundations.  Still, many “landscapers” use them because when these monsters are installed they produce a finished look with minimal expense.

Putting any plant in the ground is beneficial for the future of the planet and the continuing education of our children, but it is very important to put the right plant in the correct place.  It’s inconvenient and expensive to move a plant when it’s overgrown its place.

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These old tired shrubs did nothing to enhance the front of this home, especially because they were sheared so they didn’t grow over the windows.
The new architecturally designed paving area creates a sitting area for use as well as the path to the front door in the far corner.

What Should I Do to Prune My Shrub Roses?

Many people think that you have to treat shrub roses like you would hybrid tea roses by mulching their crown for winter and pruning them at a certain place. Not so with shrub roses. They are very low maintenance plants. Don’t be afraid to cut them back considerably in the spring so that they are reshaped to grow into the space provided later in the season. They can take major pruning. I would suggest that you wait to cut them back until they are about to push new growth for the season in case we have late frosts that might cause them to die back an inch or two.