It’s the end of April and we are ready for warm weather and spring flowers. Let’s get those perennial beds in shape. Most perennials do not take much work, I’ve made a list of simple things you can do to get your beds ready to flourish!
- Remove the dead debris from around the plant. The debris is a great insulator for the plant over the winter, but it is time to remove it. This will allow sunlight and water to penetrate more efficiently.
- Work in some good old compost. The plant will thank you with beautiful flowers later in the summer.
- Put down a fresh layer of mulch. This will help with weed control and moisture retention.
- Give the plant a thorough watering.
Other helpful notes:
- Perennial grasses need to be pruned down before new growth has begun.
- If you have evergreen perennials, i.e. creeping phlox, make sure to prune out any dead areas.
- Be patient with them, some perennials take longer to emerge than others. It may be helpful to put markers by the plants that emerge later.
- Spring is a great time to divide those perennials that are overgrown. When you see the eyes of the plant, (see pic. below), your plants are ready to be divided.
For more information on the care of perennials click here.
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