Posts Tagged ‘mulch’

Spring Gardening After a Hard Winter

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Pruning small trees and shrubs in February, during the dormant period, is a safe time to make cuts. Avoid pruning shrubs that are about to flower, as you will lose the buds. Use your handsaw and secateurs to improve access, shape, or remove branches broken by snow loads. Cut back any of last year’s perennials that were left for winter interest such as coneflowers or ornamental grasses. Cut to within an inch of the crown of the plant.

Damage and Debris Removal
In winter or early spring remove fallen leaves, branches, breakage from snow, and dead portions of Chafer grub damaged lawns. Rake up debris from the lawn and garden beds and dispose of as much possible in the green bin. Note that homeowners can call 311 and request the largest green bin available or order a second bin. Piles of debris left on the lawn will kill the emerging spring grass beneath it and becomes a nesting site for slugs and insect pests.

Add Composted Mulch
With spring on its way, a layer of composted mulch installed on the planting bed will help to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and moderate soil temperature. If your soil is light brown or yellowish in colour, this is a telltale sign that you need to use bark mulch as a top-dressing to add vital nutrients to your garden.

2017 is the year of ‘Soundscaping.’ Plant trees or shrubs that have dense lower branches in order to buffer your garden space from urban noise. Leaves, trunks and branches serve to disperse sound waves. It’s no surprise that trees are once again in the spotlight for their health benefits.

Jessica Salvador is a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. She is Co-Owner of Higher Ground Gardens with Christian Kessner, a Certified Landscape Technician

Fun Fall Gardening Tasks

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Cut Back Perennials
Fall is a great time to cut back your herbaceous perennials. Help wildlife by leaving a selection of plants to go to seed. Birds will flock to your garden for the winter treats.

Hedge Trimming Boxwoods, Cedars and Laurels
Hedges and shrubs stop growing at the end of fall. This is a great time to trim, as the shape will last for many months with out any new growth. You get the best value for service at this time of year.

Cut Back Flowering Shrubs
Prune shrubs back once they have finished flowering to create shape and structure.
After blooming is done, shrubs such as Rose of Sharon can be trimmed back to reduce the overall size. Prune up to ¼ of the crown height.

Bark Mulch Installation
Mulching: Keeps the moisture in the soil and reduces weeds in the spring
Covering the garden beds with decomposed mulch is by far the best money you can spend in your garden. Mulch retains moisture for the plants during the summer and keeps the roots warm in the winter. The mulch also breaks down and enriches the soil and looks really tidy.

Great Time to Add New Plants
Install cheap plants for an instant spring garden
Fall is a great time to purchase discounted perennials from your local nursery for your garden. As the soil is still warm the plants will establish in time for winter and once the spring warms your plants will come up.

Jessica Salvador is a Certified Landscape Horticulturist. She is Co-Owner of Higher Ground Gardens with Christian Kessner, a Certified Landscape Technician.