Anyone who has gardened for a long time knows that gardening is a multi-faceted activity. In spring, the big thrill is buying and planting the new plants, especially the annuals, once all danger of frost is past. If you jump the gun and plant too early, you don’t gain anything and often lose a lot of plants when late freezes occur. Wait until the ground warms up, or what you plant will just sit still until there is more warmth to get it growing.
Once the annuals are in, it is time to take stock of the perennial inventory. Observe what has come back and what holes need to be filled in the perennial plantings. This is the time to look at the whole garden with a discerning eye. Are there any areas that don’t look so good? The time to address problems is in the spring while the weather is cool, and the gardener is full of energy. If a bed needs reorganization now is the time to do it. If a shrub needs to be moved think about where it would look better. If an evergreen has outgrown its location, think about removing its lower limbs. Transplant, delete, cut back. If you are unsure about whether something can be pruned, remember that one only prunes deciduous shrubs AFTER they have bloomed. Google items that you are unsure about or ask an expert. But try to right the wrongs NOW!
This is Moya Andrews, and today we focused on righting wrongs.