EHS Seasonal Suggestions Archive

Seasonal Suggestions - 2015

February & March:

Time to cut back any ornamental grasses or other perennials still left up.  To make the job easier take sharpened hedge trimmers to about 2" above the ground and cut.

April:

Clean up any winter debris still on ground and mulch beds.  Prune back butterfly bushes, beautyberry and other late-blooming shrubs.  Prune and deadwood roses to get them ready for Spring.

May:

Stake peonies in early May to prevent flopping and flowers from laying on the ground.  Fertilize peonies with bone meal and roses with rose tone. Plant summer annuals after the May 15th.

Seasonal Suggestions - 2014

January:

It's not uncommon for tree and shrub branches to break under snow or ice weight. Use a broom and knock snow off branches of your evergreens (especially your prize plants)

February & March:

Most trees and shrubs can be pruned in the winter.  Easy to see the plants structure and to see what needs to be pruned.  Tree removal can also be done.

April:

Spring is here and time to plan for potential new bed(s) or new plants.  Okay to spray outlines on the area you want the new bed to go so you can visualize the finished product.

May:

Plant annuals after May 15th.  Lawns that may need some over seeding due to thin grass areas or bare spots can be seeded now. 
Water all newly seeded areas.

June:

Perennials that tend to get tall (over 3') should be staked or caged.  This a good time to do it while there are small and easier to train.

July:

Prune shrubs and vines that have bloomed earlier this year like May blooming Clematis.  Prune them back to a foot if you choose and they will grow and set buds for the following year.

August:

Work in the garden doing general jobs to keep the garden looking good.   Water when needed.  Deadhead and keep perennials looking nice.  Remove ugly perennial foliage if needed.

September:

Fall is a great time to renovate your lawn, it's cooler and the chance of  rain is great.  If your lawn looks tired, weedy etc. it may be time for renovation.

December:

Clean up the last of the debris in your garden and finish any projects that have not been completed.  Put your beds to sleep for the winter.

 

Seasonal Suggestions - 2013

February & March:

When watering houseplants, allow tap to reach room temp before watering. Try and keep water off of leaves. Fertilize only monthly at half strength or do not fertilize at all.

April:

Begin cleaning up your yard and assessing any winter damage.  Prune out damage if possible.  Cut back any perennials still standing.  Start weeding or spraying.

May:

If you are planning on adding any new plant material to the garden now is the correct time to get it into the ground. Remember to water the new plants unless it is rainy.

June:

Deadhead any roses that started blooming in May.  Try and keep the area underneath the rosed

August:

Water, if no rain in the forecast or if it has been a dry pattern.  Fertilize all annuals.  Prune shrubs to keep them within their garden boundaries.

November:

Make sure all hardy bulbs are planted before the ground freezes. Take end of season notes about the garden; likes, dislikes and any changes you would like to do for next year.

 

Seasonal Suggestions - 2012

January:

This is the time of year to cut back perennials & remove summer annuals. Perennials need to be cut back and debris removed from the garden to prevent disease. Be mindful of temps when cutting back plants

February & March:

Depending on the weather-get out & move around your property. Pick up sticks/branches that have fallen to the ground along w/any winter debris. Go ahead and start the Spring clean-up. It will be here before you know it!

April:

Enjoy Spring bulbs/early flowers. Time to prune back shrubs like butterfly bushes and Beautyberry by one half or more if you need the shrub lower  Spireas can also be pruned back by half.

May:

If you have any peonies, make sure they have rings around them to support heavy blossoms. Good time to start pruning any shrubs that are done blooming i.e. Forsythia & Winter Jasmine

June:

Weed or spray herbicides in all beds and tree rings!  Start cutting back any yellowing bulb foliage.  Start pruning any shrubs needing a haircut including boxwoods.

July:

Fertilize any annuals (2x this month).  Start to deadhead any perennials as this will encourage new blooms to occur.  Water if no rain in the forecast. 
Continue to prune shrubs.

August:

Time to fertilize any roses you may have. Use Rose Tone or any fertilizer similar to this. Deadhead roses also to encourage blooming. Weed beds and fertilize your annuals.

September:

Fertilizer your summer annuals for the last time.  Prune any shrubs that may need to be pruned before fall sets in.  Most pruning should be finished by the end of September.  Weed beds.

October-December:

Start the final deadheading of perennials. Start cutting back other perennials for fall. (Back to ground.) Any dividing or transplanting of perennials can also be done at this time.

 

Seasonal Suggestions - 2011

January & February:

Indoor plants benefit from less water this time of year - water once a week. Direct hot air flow onto indoor plants causes leaves to dry out and become damaged. Cooler temps are also good for most tropicals.

October - December:

It is important to water any new plantings. It's time to cut back catmint so it will rebloom in Fall. Salvias and other perennials should be deadheaded. Any Clematis' that have finished blooming can be pruned now.

 

Seasonal Suggestions - 2010

January & February:

Winter weather is here! Wet snow on conifer limbs can cause breakage. This can ruin a beautiful conifer. Simply take a broom & gently sweep the snow off the limb as much as possible.

March:

This month we should clean-up from a tough winter.  Picking up limbs & pruning limbs that didn't totally break.  Make clean pruning cuts when at all possible.  Badly damaged trees should just be removed.

April:

Spring cleanup should be either underway or just beginning. Cut back all perennials left up for the winter. Be careful when raking or mulching that you don't mistakenly damage any bulbs coming up.

June & July:

Due to the excess snow and early rains, weeds have gone crazy. This time of year it's important to get them under control either with herbicides or hand weeding. It's important to get them before they flower & go to seed.

August - December:

Water, Water, Water - especially with the high temps. All new plants from this Spring should be watered well. Staking tall plants & deadheading annuals & perennials are two things that should be done this month.

 

Seasonal Suggestions - 2009

January:

During heavy snows – make sure you keep the heavy snow off the evergreen trees so to prevent limbs from breaking off. Use a small broom to gently knock off the snow. Heavy banging can also break limbs if it’s cold out.

February:

Cutting back ornamental grasses. You can cut them all the way back to the ground.

March:

You can start to cut back perennials that were left up all winter. Also, time to remove fall annuals if possible.

April:

Finish up spring clean-up & add mulch to protect the ground & plants. If you are going to make bed design changes this is a good time to start.

May:

When the frost free date has come & gone, go ahead and plant annuals for summer color. Do not forget to water them. Good month to also add any new perennials or shrubs to your landscape.

June:

This is when one should really be on top of the weeds. The more weeds are controlled at this time, the fewer weeds later down the road. Both hand weeding and spraying are essential to keeping the beds clean.

July:

In the heat of the summer keeping plants watered is extremely important. Especially if planted this spring or last fall. Keep annuals & perennials deadheaded to keep them flowering & fertilize the annuals.

September:

It’s late summer which signals the time of year to deadhead perennials. This process is important in encouraging new buds to form and the plant to keep flowering. Dead heading is also important to prevent seedheads from forming.

October:

October is a great month to start cutting back perennials for the winter.  Start by cutting back the perennials that look ratty.  If any of these plants are staked-remove stakes.  Most perennials can be cut to the ground.