Spring has clearly sprung and foliage is starting to wake up from its winter nap. Now is the time to start prepping and planning out your gardening goals. Here are 7 landscaping tips so you have the Best in Show garden in your neighborhood.
Tips provided by: Classic Nursery & Landscape Company (Woodinville, WA)
Dust off the lawn mower.
It is better to start early in the season with the mower set high than to tackle wet thick grass. Leave the clippings on the ground to break down and provide some free nitrogen for the soil. Don’t forget to fertilize, de-thatch and aerate! Classic Nursery & Landscape Company recommends 18# Gardner & Bloome Organic Lawn Fertilizer.
Clean out spent window boxes.
Spring is the perfect time to brighten your window boxes with colorful, hardy annuals and early blooming perennials. While cleaning out the boxes, check for plants that did not survive the winter. Also, check for rootballs for overcrowding or girdling.
Keep your plants safe from these vegetarian lovers by using Sluggo (not harmful to pets or birds). Take care of them before they attack your garden and hard work!
Wise with water.
Even though it is still raining a lot in the Seattle area, it is still a good idea to get back into water gardening habits! To efficiently use water consider mulch, water deeply and less frequently, water early in the day, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation system and don’t set sprinklers so high that they give off a mist (the mist is useless and just evaporates away).
Painting the roses red – be on the lookout for black spot and powdery mildew.
Take a walk through your entire rose garden and analyze for black spot and powdery mildew. If you spot any, it’s good to catch it before it sets! Classic Nursery & Landscape Company recommends Green Light Rose Defense. If you see any black spot or powdery mildew, remove the diseased leaves and discard them in the trash bin to decrease the chance of it spreading.
Resist the urge to cut down.
Foilage like tulips and daffodils should not be cut down or tied up after they have finished blooming. The bulbs extract and store the nutrients from the leaves for next year’s growth and bloom, so by cutting back too soon you risk next year’s flowers and by tying them up you decrease their ability to photosynthesize and create the food they need to store.
Time to come out of hiding.
Cut fuchsias and geraniums back (down to the rim of the container, if in a hanging basket). Lift them out of the container and repot with fresh soil, no need to change containers as long as the plant isn’t root-bound. Feed with an organic, slow-release fertilizer.
For more monthly gardening tips, visit Classic Nursery’s website at http://classicnursery.com/monthly-tips/.
Classic Nursery & Landscape Company was founded in 1985 and is family owned. Classic Nursery offers creative and flexible, budget-based solutions specifically tailored to fit your site. The staff is a team of professional horticulturalists with a passion for plants. Think of their 10 acre Woodinville garden center as your local horticultural resource center.
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Classic Nursery and Landscape Company: 16215 140th PL NE Woodinville, WA 98072
Phone: (425) 885-5678 | http://classicnursery.com/