Tag Archive | planting

Refresh Your Flowering Plants

As you sit on your patio surveying your kingdom (see last week’s post), check out the annuals you planted in the spring. Are the flowers still colorful and plentiful? They should be if you’ve kept them watered and deadheaded. Those that don’t look so perky can still be changed out for new plants. You may […]

Caring For Spring Flowering Bulbs

Caring For Spring Flowering Bulbs

Bulbs are, arguably, the most carefree, low maintenance flowers you can plant in your landscape. However, there’s no such thing as a maintenance-free plant, just low maintenance. The little crocus will soon make its appearance as the harbinger of spring. Even if there’s snow on the ground, the flowers will pop right up through the […]

Don’t Forget That Spring Flowering Bulbs Have To Be Planted This Fall

After the hot, dry summer we’ve just endured, it’s hard to imagine that cold, bleak days of winter are just around the corner. By February and March, we’ll be scanning the snow drifts for the first color of an approaching spring, and the appearance of colorful crocuses pushing up through the snow can signal that […]

Deadhead To Extend Your Plants Blooms

You invested money and effort in a colorful landscape. For maximum return on your investment, deadhead. In this context, deadheading has nothing to do with a 60s rock band. It has to do with removing spent flowers from your plants before they can go to seed. The practice is also called pinching. Some gardeners believe […]

Mulching And Edging Your Planting Beds

Mulching and edging your planting beds can feel like a punishment you have to endure in order to enjoy the pleasure of planting colorful annuals. As we approach Memorial Day next week, which is the traditional time for planting annuals in our area, some of us put off the planting to avoid the necessary prep […]

Plant A Pollinator Garden

Theme gardens are becoming more and more popular. I shared information on building a cutting garden a few weeks ago. Today, I’m suggesting that you build a pollinator garden in another bed. We’re being told today that there’s a pollinator crisis. Bees, one of the best pollinators, are dying off and scientists have yet to […]

Spring Lawn Care

The arrival of spring is often accompanied by a big surprise when the snow melts and the grass is visible once again. Needless to say, there were few surprises this year due to the lack of snow. Some lawns, however, may have still suffered winter damage. This damage can range from fungal diseases to snow […]