The snow is melting, and spring has most certainly arrived. Before you pull out the hoes and shovels, be sure to refresh yourself on the things you should do to take care of your plants as they start to grow. Remember, you can always find plenty of this information within the pages of the Rosehill Gardens Plant Care Guide.
Start by getting your vegetables and spring-flowering annuals out. These do well when put out in April and May. You’ll want to make sure they have plenty of water, and you’ll also want to make sure to weed judiciously so that the plants, and not the weeds, get the nutrients from the soil.
It is also advisable to fertilize your plants. Spring-flowering plants like azaleas and rhododendrons do best with acid-based fertilizers. Conversely, summer-flowering plants and bulbs do best with bone meal. Finally, established trees and shrubs could use a meal of high-nitrogen fertilizer, which will kick-start their growing cycle.
You should wait to start pruning until you’re certain the last frost has passed. This is especially true if you have fuchsias or hydrangeas within your garden. Trees and shrubs should be pruned according to their age and whether or not they will be flowering this year or next.
Finally, take into account pest control. Snails, slugs, caterpillars, and other insects are starting to lurk about and look for a meal. The more you stay on top of these early, the easier it will be to control them throughout the growing season ahead of us.
The Rosehill Gardens Plant Care Guide is full of more great tips and advice to help your garden grow. We invite you to read through it, and please contact us with questions related to your specific gardening needs.