|Posted by First Czech Garden Club on April 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM|
The March Speaker was Judy Wherley. She gave us a calandar of activities for us to do during the Spring.
March is a good time for pruning and cleaning up the Winter debris. Wait until the new growth starts before cleaning...but don't get rid of all of the debris until after the threat of frost is over. When it comes to pruning, use the 3 point cutting method for larger branches. This will prevent the bark from tearing and damaging the plant. Cut off the suckers that grow around the trees and any other invasive trees that are growing in your garden. Pinch off the 'Candles' (young buds) from the Evergreen bushes. Do not cut Pine bushes past the green leaves because the greenery will not grow back. Do not prune pines after September. Check for damaged or dead plants and start planning what to replace them with.
April is good time to start planting cool season flora. Also look for diseases while finishing cleaning up last years dead growth. Some of the diseases to look for are: Bag Worm and Spider Mites. Divide perennials before the bud breaks. Try not to step onlawns and garden beds when the soil is wet as the ground will get compacted.
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