How to Prune Your Plants
Pruning plants, including trees, is one task that you shouldn’t overlook. While it may not be the most exciting part of maintaining the garden, it’s an important one.
With proper pruning, it allows for new growth. Knowing when to prune and how much to remove from a plant are the keys to doing it correctly.
For perennials, the right time to prune is throughout the growing season. This simply means removing the dead part, particularly for flowers.
This helps maintain the look of the plant and encourages new buds to emerge and begin blossoming. For flowering trees and shrubs, remove dead or weakened branches once their blooming season is over and the flowers have faded.
Trimming yOur Shrubs & Hedges
Trimming shrubs can feel a little tricky if you aren’t sure where to start. An overgrown shrub might seem tough to tackle, but if you do it the right way at the right time, a tidy and healthy look can be restored.
Some shrubs need to be pruned in late winter or early spring, like those flowering on new wood. Make sure that the trimming tool you’re using is both clean and sharp so that you get an even cut.
Remove Weeds in Planter Beds
Staying on top of weed growth is an essential way to maintain planter beds and keep your landscaping looking tidy.
As soon as you see weeds sprouting up, clear them out quickly. The longer they’re left to grow, the harder they can be to remove. Many weeds will come out easily and completely, but some have deep roots, which take a little more work. You may only be able to tackle one section at a time. Always wear gloves to protect your hands when weeding.
Collect them in a bag or other container so that they aren’t left lying on the grass or in the flower bed. Adding mulch on top of the areas that have been weeded can help prevent them from growing back.