We are getting closer and closer to spring! In a few short weeks the weather will be better and your landscape will need more help.
Winter is perfect for planning and preparing your landscape for a successful spring. We, at Breezy Hill Nursery, would like to help you! Take a look at some of our tips to help your landscape and garden get through the last bit of winter. Feel free give us a call with any questions or service requests we can help you with through the winter.
- Now is the time to think about your dream landscape plan. Start thinking of your budget, colors you want, what bloom times are important to you, height & spread restrictions of plants, light availability, hardscape ideas you have always dreamed about, irrigation needs and landscape lighting. If you are a DIY person, stop in the garden center for pointers and pick up a plant catalog to get you started. If you want us to create a wonderful plan for you, give us a call to meet with one of our designers. Now is the perfect time to get a head start on your spring planning.www.breezyhillnursery.com/lr-landscaping
- Planning is a vital part of perennial gardening. Create helpful lists such as plants to be removed, new plants to try this year and plants that need to be divided or transplanted. Maybe you want to try something unique like the plant shown here -‘Candy Stripe’ Creeping Phlox or you may want to try the perennial of the year! According to the Perennial Plant Association, it is a vibrate purple plant called Allium ‘Millenium’.
- Service the mowers yourself or take them to a lawn mower repair shop. These people are not nearly as busy now as they will be in a month of so. Check the condition of the blower and edger too.
- Check that the structures you set up to protect your plants are still in place. Until the chances of snow and severe weather are over, they will be needed.
- After Valentine’s Day is a good time to start pruning your trees. The sap has not started to rise and is stored in the roots. All shade trees and all fruit trees except peaches can be pruned now. Remember, do not attempt trimming large trees unless you are trained and equipped to do the work. It is heavy and dangerous work.
- Have a pond or larger water feature? Remove fallen leaves, twigs, branches or any other debris that has accumulated on the ice over the pond before the ice melts. It is easier to do it now than to fish it out of the water later.
- As the weather warms, take a walk around your garden and rose plantings. Make sure the mulch or cones have not blown off your roses, check for rodent or deer damage, make sure the animals have not pushed the protective soil hill away to get at the tender stems, notice the extent of the dieback on the canes and access whether or not the rose need care or replacement
- Begin planning the activities that need to be completed in the next month or two. Examine your houseplants plants, identify ones that need re-potting, add pots or plants to your “want list”, add potting soil and fertilizers to your need list, prune plants that are over-grown and identify what needs to be replaced. We have ALL of our house plants starting in mid-April. Stop in the Garden Center then to see our large selection and ask our horticulturists if you have any questions.