1. Pull Back Winter Mulch and Debris

Early Spring Time

If you had layed mulch or pine needles to protect plants during the harsh winter months then it is time to pull that back before the extreme heat of the summer is among us. Include any debris such as small tree limbs and leaves.

Tip: Be sure there is no future occurrence of arctic blasts after you remove the mulch and debris. This could be detrimental to your plants.

2.Time to Prune Your Roses

Early Part of Spring

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Early Spring is the best time to prune your roses, right before new growth emerges. Pruning your roses early will encourage strong healthy shoots that will produce lots of blooms for you to enjoy all summer long. Cutting back also gives the roses a bigger habitat that helps them reduce the occurrence of disease such as black spots.

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3. Adding Trees and Shrubs

Spring to early Summer

This is the perfect time to add any new trees and shrubs to your landscape. The cool moist ground allows plants to easily adapt to the new environment. There is a variety of reasons to add trees or shrubs to your landscape: 1. Shade your home therefore decreasing the amount of energy used during the hot summer. 2. Increase the value of your by adding curb appeal. 3. The varieties that yield fruit will supply you with juicy refreshing fruits during those hot summer months.

Tip: It is not necessary to plant your trees deep. For best results and growth plant them just above soil level where the roots meet the trunk.

4. Ornamental Grasses

Early to Late Spring

The most important thing to know is whether you have a warm season grass or a cool season grass. The difference is the cool season grasses will begin to give off shoot in early spring so they must be cut back earlier. Don’t cut the cool season grasses back too far as this can harm the plant. Cut them back 4in just before new growth and please resist the temptation of burning cool season grasses. This will cause harm to new growth and possibly the entire plant could be loss. The warm grasses are a little more tolerant so these can wait until early summer before any trimming is needed. Warm season grasses can be cut back to the ground with out any harming their new growth.

Tip: This is also a great time to divide your ornamental grasses. By dividing you encourage active growth of the existing plant and avoid the grass from dying in the middle. You can also save money by using the dividing plant in another part of your landscape.

5. Divide Your Annuals

This time of year is a great time to divide any hostas, iris, lillies etc. These varieties and many other are known for clumping that can inhibit them from blooming as they should. You can also take the splits and add them to other parts of your landscape or simply give them to friends and neighbors.

Tip: No need to split all low growing flowering plants. Do your research first before dividing them, more harm than help can occur and cause set back in plants.

6. Weed Early

Weeding early in the spring will save you tons of time when summer gets here. This tasks is the most hated by gardners but getting an early start will stop the weeds from seeding and roots from fully developing letting you enjoy your garden all summer long.

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7. Prune Spring-Blooming Shrubs

After your shrubs have bloomed for the spring give them a little trim if they need it. Your forsyth and camillias will start to put on new foliage for next year soon after they are finished flowering.

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