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Month by Month Maintenance


-Take precautions on mulching.
-Put mulch on perennials to protect them from fluctuating temperature. Snow is a natural mulch, but it could melt.
-Evergreen branches act as a great mulching


-Planting perennials indoors will give you ahead of the season. No need to buy them then.
-Transplanting seeds, checking the mulch from January, and monitoring plants for heavy frosts.


-Check seedlings every day that were started
-Water bare root plants when needed
-Monitor seedlings for any signs of pests and treat them
-Cut back any ornamental grasses and trim some shrubs see like below
Pruning Shrubs This question is asked a lot. We find a good rule of thumb is to trim after the bloom time of the shrub is done. For example, Rhododendron, Lilac, Forsythia, and Purple Sandcherry all bloom in spring... More...


-Begin planting when soil and plants are ready
-Remove winter mulch
-Thoroughly water transplants
-Perennials need very little fertilizer
-Complete any garden clean up from the winter
-Kill any pests (insects) around the yard
-Clean dead stems off of perennials


-Get plants from a greenhouse adapted to the outside weather by bringing them in and out depending on temperatures
-Cut back over grown plants
-Dig and divide overgrown perennials
-Water plants several times a week
-Deadhead any flower blooms that may be done


-Cut back any perennials that are getting too tall or too leggy
-Plant any perennials in the ground you want
-Perennials need about one inch of water a week (must include when it rains)
-Sanitation is the best way to control any disease in the garden. So clean up around the garden


-Keep planting as long as you want to, but be sure to water appropriately
-Mulch bare soil with cocoa beans, bark, rocks, etc. This helps keep in moisture during the hot months. Some mulches even provide nutrients for the plants.
-Evaluate how plants do in certain areas in the garden in case you would have to move them and try something new there
-Avoid over fertilizing certain plants
-Check for any pests and diseases and be sure to treat them immediately
-Prune back some perennials


-Mulch perennial gardens
-Do NOT fertilize many plants
-Continue monitoring pests and diseases on the plants
-Keep making additions to the garden as long as you want
-Control weeds by pulling, or spraying
-Cut back declining plants to improve their appearance


-Plant any mums, perennials, shrubs, or fall bulbs at this time (Bulbs that are planted in Fall come up in the Spring)
-Water as needed
-Do NOT apply much fertilizer or if any at all
-Weed flower gardens and control pests
-Stop deadheading plants


-Finish planting at the beginning of the month to ensure that they establish themselves enough before a heavy frost
-Clean up any tree leaves on the ground to make the gardens more appealing
-Keep watering until the ground freezes
-Remove any disease or insect-infected leaves and foliage to promote better growth next year


-Mulch any areas for winter coverage.
-Prepare soil for the cold winter
-Water the perennial garden thoroughly just before the ground freezes
-Do not fertilize
-Monitor for any animals invading gardens and take the proper precautions
-Finish cleaning up garden for winter


-Finish any garden clean up for this year
-Plan plants that you would like in the gardens for next year
-Stop watering, and fertilizing
-Get ready for the next year's seasons

Have Fun With The Outdoors Every Month That You Can!


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