Perennials - Cut remaining stems and leaves from last season including ornamental grasses, do this before new growth begins. Divide perennials like Hosta and ornamental grasses every three to five years to promote healthy plants and share with friends or create new plantings. Fertilize with Fertilome Blooming & Rooting - this is a premium flower food designed to supply the necessary nutrients to maximize blooms throughout the growing season.
Landscape Beds - Prune non-spring flowering shrubs before new growth begins to shape and encourage a more compact habit. Clean up all debris and apply Osmocote, just one feeding provides a constant supply of nutrients for 4 months and encourages a strong root system. Prevent weed growth before it starts with Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper with Dimension under mulch to stop weeds for up to 4 months. This product works better on grassy weed seeds and lasts longer than Treflan and will not harm existing plants.
Rose Care - As new growth begins, prune all the injured stems from winter to about 12 inches. To prevent disease/fungus from over wintering, clean the rose bed by removing leaves and other debris. Feed now with any organic form of fertilizer that provides all the necessary nutrients in a non-burning, ready to use granular application that produces wonderful results. Vigorous growing roses are far less susceptible to pest attacks than those that are struggling.
Lawns – Apply Fertilome St Augustine Weed & Feed to fertilize your lawn/grass. This not only greens up the lawn but also prevents many other weeds before they start. Feeding with Fertilome St. Augustine Weed & Feed makes it strong so that it chokes unwanted weeds out.
Winter injury is showing up on many landscape plants, particularly broad-leaf evergreens like Azalea, Bottlebrush, Boxwood, Euonymus, and Mahonia. Brown leaves are a typical sign and as temperatures rise the damage will become even more apparent. Even though leaves look dead, the stems may be fine.
So what can you do? Our best advice, practice patience.
Wait until new growth appears (which could be well into April this year) before trimming. If you cannot wait until new growth starts, be sure you are only cutting off dead stems. You can tell by scratching the stem with your fingernail. If the internal part of the stem is still green there is a chance you will get new leaves. Dead brown leaves should fall off as new growth occurs.
For palms, let them yellow from the outside of the frond to the trunk. They are sending nutrients back to the trunk to preserve themselves. Cut off the brown fronds.