You may have heard that spring is the best time to prune many trees and shrubs, but it can be confusing. When is the optimum time to prune trees? How far down the stem should I cut my hydrangea? Do I cut above or below the bud? We’re here to help! Download a complete pruning care guide here, and here are a few tips to get you started:
When pruning common landscape perennials, use a hand pruner to cut them back to the ground. Cut woody shrubs down to 1″ to 2″ in height. If you notice brown canes, cut back to areas where the cane is green.
For pruning evergreens like spreading Hemlock and spreading Juniper, use a hand pruner and cut branches to control the size and keep the plant evenly shaped. To hide cut areas, reach into the plant when choosing stems to prune.
Get a jump on spring planting by starting seeds indoors
All you need to get your green thumb humming again are some seeds, containers and planting soil. Easy-to-start choices are marigolds, tomatoes and zinnias.
A frugal (and Earth-friendly) way to begin is to use eggshells as your containers. They’re full of calcium to give your seedlings an extra boost, and easy to plant when the weather warms up. Sprouted seeds are heartier and stronger when planted in an eggshell, and it’s a fun project for the kids, too!
Try several types of fast-growing seeds, like grass and alphalfa sprouts, and decorate the shells for googly-eyed fun. Check Pinterest for more ideas and directions.
Is it time to update your landscape?
Temperatures are rising and spring fever is about to break! If you’ve been thinking about landscape ideas, contact us, let’s meet and make your outdoor dreams come true.
Call 952-467-4111 with questions or to schedule a meeting with our team. (You don’t want to wait another year, right?)