First Day of Spring today! Officially, anyway, it's spring after the
Spring Equinox but the weather could do anything. I hope you have had a
good winter and can enjoy the spring sunshine.
Spring Planting Service for container gardens begins on May 13th this
year (weather permitting). It's too early now to set out the plants,
but it's the perfect time to make a plan!
case you haven't noticed, I'm hoping to hear
from you soon! Don't forget, refer Patio Plants Unlimited to
a friend, you'll get a $25 discount on your spring planting service.
you considering rearranging or adding to your container
gardens? I'll be shopping for pottery in April - let
me know if you need some new
containers. Also, if your drip irrigation system needs to be
amended, we can get that done before the plants arrive.
you like to tackle a larger landscaping project? I
offer landscape design services for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Contact
me to get the plans started now.
wait until May? If you just can't stand to wait until I plant in May, I
can fill a pot or two with pansies and other cold-tolerant
flowers for you. Call me (970-988-3808) or e-mail
me and we'll get something set up.
I'm doing in my yard...
pruning my shrubs
and trees. First I cut out anything dead, dying or diseased then I
removed up to 1/3 of the remaining plant. I admit to aggressively pruning
for two reasons. First, that's just my horticultural "style" to cut
first and ask questions later; and second, I don't actually get to
prune all of my shrubs and trees every year. It's more like every other
year or every three years between prunings so by the time I get to it,
there's usually a lot of work to be done. Late winter/early spring
(right now) is the best time to prune shrubs and trees. You can see
what you're doing before they are leafed-out and the spores
for many diseases are still dormant from the winter so there's less
chance of infection in the cuts. (My cat, Merlin, is the yard
work supervisor. He's in the picture by my knee.)
up from last fall. I'm removing all the remaining debris from perennial
plants and flowers and the leaves left-over from last fall. I heap as
much of it as I possibly can onto my compost pile.
the blooming Crocus flowers - and anxiously anticipating the