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Spring Gardens

Spring Gardens

It’s May and spring is in full swing.  Now the time to see how our plants made it through our fickle winter.

I’ve notice broad leaf evergreens like Holly, Laural and Rhododendron have suffered some adverse effects of this past winters’ temperature fluctuation between October and April.  You may notice chloratic (yellowing) conditions and some decline in these plants.  They should bounce back as the weather gets warmer.

If we haven’t already done so, now is the time to inspect the landscape.  Prune out any diseased and damaged wood.  Clean up the beds to make room for this year’s growth.  Cultivate the beds and loosen up the ground for that all important air and water transfer into the surface soil.  Add composted mulch to thin areas of the garden.

Now is the time to take an inventory of plants that need to be replaced or added to the landscape.  Take a good hard look at and try to determine why certain plants have died or have weakened.  Replace with native plants that have adapted to this particular environment.  The right plant in the proper location can give generations of enjoyment.

Tender annuals and vegetable should be planted by mid-June, avoid synthetic fertilizers and try a more natural approach this year.  Co
mposting or slow re
lease organic fertilizer is a healthier practice.

What a perfect time of year to rethink ou r ga rd en p r actices and methods to incorporate a more environmentally frie ndly approach on our property.  Working with nature and the process of learning and understanding her rhythms through observation will create a cleaner, healthier backyard environment.

Pete Muroski

www.nativelandscaping.net

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