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Gardens That Bloom

Shimmering, Festive, Peaceful and Delightful

Beautiful leafy groundcovers, budding trees, and velvet lawns. Pathways among the trees. Manicured beds or a profusion of flowering bushes.

Our careful preparation and good cultural maintenance results in vital, healthy gardens and flourishing florals. And that's what it's all about.

Early Spring

Fertilizing. Shrubs, perennials and groundcovers should be fertilized in the early spring months if it wasn’t already done in late winter. After fertilizing, watering will help push the nutrients in and avoid burning.

Pruning. Any winter damaged material and/or dead wood should be removed. Perennials should be cut back to 4” to 6” above grade before any signs of new growth appear. This is a good time for pruning your roses, too. Trim ornamental grasses down to the base.

Mulching. Cultivation and mulching can occur in the early spring if not done in the fall. Prior to mlching plant beds, cultivate around the plant materials to break up any moisture barriers and stimulate the roots. Do not let mulch levels exceed 2 ½” as this can stifle the plants, promote false root growth, and affect moisture capture. Remulch as often as you wish as long as depths don’t exceed the recommended level.

Weeding. Pull weeds from your beds and borders before they are firmly established and start to spread.

Later Spring

Pruning. About two weeks after blooming, ornamental shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons should be pruned after bloom to prevent damage to budset for next year. This should also include your forsythia and viburnum.

Planting. The right time for planting varies, of course, and you should check each plant for its ideal time. Generally, after the threat of frost is past is the time to plant your shrubs, hardy annuals, and summer-blooming perennials.

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Composting. If you don’t have a compost pile, this is the time to start one! If you already have one, take the time for some maintenance and turnover.

Plants should be inspected regularly to identify threatening pests. Activity varies among species. Therefore, treatment times and products will also vary. An IPM (Integrated Pest Management) approach is oriented around treatments as required, not blanket coverage. This is less harmful to the environment and more effective as pest control.


Wait until consistently warmer temperatures have stabilized before planting more sensitive annuals and vegetables.

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