GARDEN CLEANUP AND DUMPSTERS – GET GOING!
A new growing season is underway. Are you ready? Here’s a to-do list to get you started:
START WEEDING AND COMPOSTING
Early spring is the time to take action against weeds with some proactive weeding. Damp soil makes it much easier to pull young weed seedlings. Don’t try to compost weeds. It’s a much better idea to order a dumpster and haul it away . They’ll come back to haunt you.
You can start a new compost pile with old plants that you pull up, but don’t add them to your existing compost which you have been turning and is now ready to use. Dispose of any diseased plants straight into the dumpster. You don’t want to spread that disease to newer plants.
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PRUNE CAREFULLY AND SELECTIVELY
Prune the summer-blooming flowering shrubs. Make sure these twigs and branches are recycled in one of our dumpsters. This is a great way to help the planet and clean up your garden refuse. End of winter to early spring is prime time to prune shrubs that flower from late June through fall. This includes abelia, butterfly bush, beautyberry, caryopteris, clethra (summersweet), smooth hydrangea, panicle hydrangea, rose-of-sharon, St. John’s Wort, crape myrtle, summer-blooming spirea and vitex. All of these bloom on wood that grows in the current season, so there’s no danger of cutting off flower buds that formed last year.
Wait until right after flowering to prune spring-blooming shrubs, such as lilac, forsythia and viburnum, azalea, rhododendron, and weigela.
FERTILIZE YOUR BEDS NOW
Once your ground has thawed, start to apply a granular fertilizer around the base of trees and shrubs and don’t forget the perennials. It’s always a good idea to soil test and match the fertilizer to your soil needs.
INSPECT YOUR BRANCHES FOR WINTER DAMAGE
With sharpened sheers, prune off any dead or storm damaged wood and branches. If some of your pines or evergreens have suffered tip dieback from frost and cold, snip off these tips too. Here is where a dumpster of the correct size will be very helpful. Rake off any brown, dead leaves on your perennials too.
CHECK YOUR PERENNIALS FOR ROOT EXPOSURE
If some of the roots have pushed up due to the thaw and freeze cycle, dig them in a little and cover with soil and mulch, pressing them in well.
CLEAN UP PERENNIALS
Cut off any dead leaves and sticks on your perennials allowing the new growth to sprout through.
Divide your perennials now and plant them quickly so that they will have time to settle down and grow. Make sure you water them well in their new homes. Don’t divide your early season perennials as they are probably already blooming or budding and ready to bloom. These are best divided in early fall.
RAKE YOUR GROUND COVER
Rake your matted ground covers to loosen them and remove dead matter. This will also remove any fallen leaves that are preventing them from breathing and getting sunlight.
Now is the time to spike your lawn and aerate it. Don’t cut your lawn too short yet. Buy a good lawn fertilizer and water it in really well.
Whether you use a long-handled, people-powered edging tool or power edger, the end of winter is a good time to cut sharp edges along all garden beds. This not only neatens the landscape, it creates a “lip” to contain mulch that can be applied once the soil warms consistently for the season.
REMOVE BURLAP FROM SHRUBS
Unwrap all the protective coverings that have been nursing your tree bases and shrubs. Fold them up neatly to be used next year. You can also remove any tree stakes that have been in the ground for more than a year. If branches are flopping about tie them up loosely to a stake until they are strong enough to support themselves.
ORDER MULCH AND BARK CHIPS
Replenish your mulch and bark in patches that have thinned. This will give you good protection and save water during the hot months to come.
We, @Green Solutions & More, offer bulk mulch and compost and bark chips. Our dumpsters vary in size. Call us and we will recommend the correct size dumpster for your project. We deliver and collect at your convenience.