We’ve got some great gardening tips for you!Gardening Tips
- Prune lilacs and other spring-flowering shrubs once they’ve finished flowering. If you prune them after this month, you could be cutting off next year’s flowers.
- To help keep weeds to a minimum and moisture in the soil apply 1 to 2 inches of mulch on flower beds and around trees. Very important — don’t pile mulch high next to tree trunks.
- Pinch back tall growing fall bloomers like asters, chrysanthemum, monarda and helianthus, to make them stockier and full of flower buds, and so they don’t bloom too early.
- Start snipping ends off basil on a regular basis to keep plants full and protect them from bolting.
- Remember to keep watering and fertilizing your hanging baskets and planters. Watch out for windy days as they can dry out a basket just as much as a high temperature day.
DESIGN TIPS FOR PLANTERS
- Use an odd number of plants when planting annuals, perennials, trees, and shrubs.
- Use a thriller, filler, and a spiller in your container garden.Choose a tall focal plant for the center (thriller), medium-height plants around the focal plant (filler), and trailing plants around the edge (spiller). Feel free to mix annuals and perennials.
- Plan for a succession of color throughout the season. Check the bloom times on perennials and be sure to include a mix of spring, summer, and fall bloomers. Add annuals for ongoing color. Tuck containers into your garden bed or border for an extra pop of color in the garden.