TOOL SHARPENING CLINIC:
SUNDAY, FEB 10, 2-3pm at CYLBURN ARBORETUM
I will be holding a Tool Sharpening Clinic on Sunday, Feb 10th from 2-3pm at Cylburn Arboretum. I believe there are still some spaces available. Go to the website for Cylburn in order to register online. Go to Events & Programs.
UNDERGROUND SPRINGS ERUPTING
Do you have an area on your property that seems to be oozing water constantly? Have you witnessed water continuously seeping onto streets even on dry, sunny days? I have witnessed these conditions all over the area. After ruling out storm water runoff from downspouts or sump pumps, we have consulted with some area geotechnical folks. The general consensus is that underground springs have become supercharged due to all of the rain this year, and are now bubbling out of the ground.
The most beneficial thing we can do is to give the water a safe place to go. Frequently, there is more than one way to handle this successfully. Be open to suggestions, and hope that you will gain support from surrounding neighbors as you try to resolve these situations.
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.