News & Views
by Kimberly Davis -
Maintenance Division Manager
Spring is a busy time in the garden. Dormant plants are waking up and beginning to grow and insects and animals are becoming more animated as well. As if you didn’t have a big enough to-do list already, here are a few things I suggest you do as spring begins:
Evaluate the plants in your landscape. Water hungry plants should be removed and replaced with more drought tolerant varieties especially when they do not add a significant amount of value to the landscape. High maintenance plants should be removed and replaced with plants whose mature size will fit the available space reducing pruning and green waste.
Fire up your irrigation system and check components to make sure all is in working order.
Renovate your irrigation system by replacing sprinklers with drip irrigation in planters.
Mulch planters with bark or compost. It is a great time to freshen up the bark in your planters. Fresh bark adds visual interest, smothers weed seeds, aids moisture retention and helps to reduce temperature fluctuations in the first few inches of soil where many plant roots are located.
Consider trying a moisture retaining product in pots, in planter areas without bark and on lawns. These products trap water before it evaporates and makes it available to plants. Contact me if you are interested in trying this product on a project we maintain for you.
Now is a good time to repot your potted plants. Do a little research on the plant variety before you repot it as some plants enjoy being a little root bound. A good rule of thumb is to plant into a container that is only slightly larger than the current pot. This keeps plants from tipping to the side in the pot and helps reduce their overall size while promoting bushiness. If your plant has sunk in its current pot you may just need to slide it out and add soil to repot it at the proper height. Be sure to use a high quality potting soil.
If you have any questions or comments about this article, please feel free to drop Kimberly a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.