Extremes are Stressful!

What a crazy winter and ‘almost spring’ we have had.  Warm weather is coaxing trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs to wake up.  And then deep, bitter cold to slam the door on your yearnings for an early spring.

Well, don’t panic ‘cause there isn’t anything you can do at this point!  We will just have to wait and see if the forsythia will bloom, the fruit trees develop flowers, and our magnolias blossom in April. 

Usually the bulbs such as daffodils, grape hyacinth and scilla can take the teasing.

Once the woody plants start to leaf out, check for any dead branches and prune them off.  Be careful not to get too early on your pruning; some buds may take longer to open than in previous years. 

Pay attention to spring rainfall.  If we aren’t getting our usual generous amounts you may need to supplement water to the stressed plants - they will need extra attention this year to get them strong and healthy for another summer. 

Setting up a rain gauge will help you know how much additional water you may need to provide.  The general guideline is 1” per week to sustain gardens and lawns. 

Adding a rain sensor to your irrigation system and ensuring you have the right distribution system will significantly reduce your water bill (20-40%).  Consider having your landscape and irrigation plan evaluated now to optimize your water usage and retention throughout the growing season.  Who doesn't like to save money?  Contact mil@asoutherngardener.com to arrange a consultation.