Time for Garden Maintenance!


Follow these simple steps in your flower beds now to ensure long lasting landscapes…

  1. Prune Relevant Plants
  1. Fertilize
  1. Use a Pre-Emergent Herbicide

4. Mulch

Pruning Relevant Plants:

Now is the time to prune all wood plants and shrubs. This influences the growth habit, making plants more densely foliated, which will produce more blooms. Even if the plant is small, removing 1/2 inch will encourage new growth and increase its vigor.

When should I prune?

Timing is important. Plants that bloom in winter or spring should be pruned after they finish blooming. If they bloom in the summer or fall, pruning should be done in the dormant season.

How do I prune?
Plants should be shaped as a dome or ball. All dead, diseased or crossing branches should be removed. It should be done with pruners, loppers, and shears as opposed to an electric or gas hedger. Powered equipment will cause tissue damage to plants. We carry a variety of Corona Pruners to help you achieve the best results.

All plant materials should be fertilized now. Application should be applied as per directions and spread around the base of plant.
How do I fertilize a tree?
This is best done at the tree’s drip area where the branches extend. Use one pound for every inch of diameter, not to exceed 8 pounds/tree.
How do I fertilize seasonal flowers when planting?
We recommend applying 1/2 teaspoon of Osmocote 14-14-14 in the hole during installation.

Utilizing Pre-Emergent Herbicide:
This is a fancy term for Weed Preventer. These products, such as Preen Weed Preventer, do not kill existing weeds. The herbicides kill weed seeds during germination. Laying down Preen is one of the most effective things you can do for weed control, and it should be performed now and in mid-June.

Re-Apply Mulch:

The application or re-application of mulch is important to provide your garden once per year. A two to four-inch layer is an effective way to control weeds. Cedar or cypress bark is recommended due to its resistance to rot and fade, and has the ability to stabilize soil in beds and retain moisture. Cedar also repels insects. Other grades of mulch are available, but you will find that they will fade and float away, thus not being as effective.