Hopefully, a lot of the rain we’ve been enjoying has had a chance to percolate deep into the soil. It’s hard to believe that we have yet to see much in the way of snow. February 2nd was a beautiful, sunny day, so we may be in for 6 more weeks of winter. I was out in the garden, and was happy to see the new floret basel foliage for my Oenothera fruiticosa ‘Fireworks’ / Evening Primrose and Lobelia cardinalis / Cardinal Flower. Many of the spring flowering bulbs are peaking out of the ground along with the Paeonia obovata / Woodland Peony.
It’s tempting to move plants around on a warm day when the soil is easy to move, but caution is recommended. It is still best to wait until March. If you just can’t wait, minimize the amount of time the plant is actually out of the ground. Dig the hole for the new location first, and dig a good sized rootball taking care to keep the soil firm around the root mass. Be sure to drench thoroughly after planting to remove any air pockets, and hope that you have done enough. DO NOT attempt to move any evergreen plants.
Perusing plant catalogs this time of year is a favorite ritual for many gardeners. Planning that perfect addition to our already crowded gardens is a pleasure that’s tough to resist. Happy hunting.
SNOW & ICE
Try to brush heavy snow off of evergreen trees and shrubs.
Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about ice. If you attempt to break off the ice, you are likely to damage the plant even more. Just hope the ice melts as quickly as possible. In the spring, careful pruning can fix most of the winter damage. New spring growth will take care of the rest.
THINKING ABOUT ADDING TO YOUR LANDSCAPING IN THE SPRING? It’s not too soon to give me a call. I’ll be happy to help you with your plans.
DO CONTACT YOUR LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR NOW. If you know there’s a real good chance that you will have winter damage that will need attention this spring, do try to get a date on your contractor’s schedule. The schedule for the spring will be filling up quickly. If you have a special occasion coming up this season, do share that information with your contractor. They will usually try to accommodate these requests.
The DEER will be voracious. Spray everything on the first sunny day we have. Be on the lookout for browsing in case you will need to take more drastic measures, such as wrapping your shrubs with deer mesh. Check existing deer mesh for holes. In one case, the deer made a slit near the bottom, and came in under the fence.
Stay warm, and remember, you can always call if you have any questions.