Smart Trees & Shrubs for the Future
by Nellie Neal
as their flowers fade, take care of spring flowering shrubs to keep them
growing this season and blooming again next year. New buds begin to form
right away so don’t delay. Prune each shrub within a month after flowering
to maintain a pleasing shape and remove dead or diseased canes. Cultivate
lightly around each bush and fertilize with a flowering shrub formula and
add fresh mulch.
that make the summer and fall garden a grand display sprout early and
that’s the time to divide them – soon as they emerge and before their
new growth makes them harder to handle. Lift out the babies that come up
away from the crown and replant them nearby or in a new bed. If the crown is
dying in the middle, clean it out and plant the offsets there. But if the
clump is crowded badly, dig it all up and make several divisions before
replanting. Cut each new clump so it has a bit of roots, a portion of the
crown and some top growth. Rework the soil a bit at replanting time – add
some manure or compost to your soil, mix them together and don’t bury the
for the future
careful in transplanting trees to insure that yours will be a living legacy
for generations to enjoy. Select a healthy tree with good branching – the
basic shape doesn’t change much over time. Stay away from scraped or
scarred trunks and look for branches spaced well apart; if they rub together
now, one will dominate and you’ll never get a spreading canopy of shade.
Plant in native soil you’ve slightly amended with compost, drop a tree
fertilizer tablet into the hole and just cover it so the roots must grow a
bit to reach it. Mulch and keep watered.
vines grab onto the trellis with tendrils, but most need your help to direct
their growth. Vines train best while their new growth is still supple, so do
it now before the canes get woody and hard to bend. Tie the vine onto its
support – trellis, arbor or column – don’t wind through or around it.
And use jute twine because it won’t scar the whips.
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