Trees & Gardens

Tips for a happy and healthy start to the 2017 gardening season: 

  • Clean up all of the past years leaf matter and spent plant material. Although much of the organic matter does benefit the garden, it may be harbouring unwanted pests and diseases that could transfer back to your garden.

  • With the cold hard winter beating on your annual plants this year, don’t fret, many will make a recovery! Be sure to cultivate, remove spent flowers and remove dead and damaged plant parts to give them the best chance of a colorful show.

  • Look at perennials and grasses and consider dividing and transplanting. Most perennials will benefit greatly from being divided, adding new life to the plant.

  • Now is a great time to take a good hard look at the condition of your soils (if it is not frozen of course!). Dig over garden plots and add amendments such as compost and manures. This will maintain a healthy soil texture and add much needed nutrients to start the year off right.

  • Prune shrubs and small trees. This can be a great time to prune plant material for structure and to increase vigor through the growing season.  Make sure you research what you are pruning though because some shrubs and trees will flower on 2nd year growth and you could be cutting off this year’s flower show!

  • If you have a compost, now is a good time to give it a turn and use the well-rotted organic material to serve as a mulch or to dig in and amend your soils.

  • Take time to plan any renovations or additions to the garden so they don’t get forgotten in the hustle and bustle of the growing season.

  • There’s nothing worse than going to grab a tool and it not being in top notch shape. Take the time to service your tools and equipment to save unwanted headaches in the future.

Trees and Gardens