Yes, we’re open!!
Here at the nursery we are busy planting in the greenhouses, stocking the sales area with trees and shrubs, and taking care of spring chores. It is wonderful to be moving around outside, getting dirty and being tired at the end of the day-and we are enjoying it. Hopefully, you will find some helpful information as you read on.
If you covered your perennials with deep mulch, remove some, but be sure to leave a little to protect from the freeze and thaw cycle that happens in early spring and can damage shallow roots. If you left foliage last fall on your perennials, you should remove it now. Be careful with the grasses, some have started to green up and you may nip some tips if you wait too long.
It is an ideal time to do some pruning.
Shrubs to be pruned now before new growth begins include:
Don’t prune these early blooming shrubs until after they finish blooming. :
Azelea and Rhododendron
Flowering Plum (usually pink)
Flowering Cherry (usually white)
Early Spirea (Bridal Wreath-white)
Prune these fruit trees and some shade trees when dormant (before Mid April):
Don’t prune these yet, they benefit from pruning when actively growing:
Look at the tree and visualize future growth. Thin out any crossing branches or branches that rub. Remove branches that are crowding to open the crown. Remove the suckers that are growing at the base of the tree.
Be sure to use the correct tool for the job. Good sharp hand pruners will take care of most of it and be sure to clean them often. For more information on pruning stop in or read more information from the University of Minnesota Extension Service.
This is also an ideal time to apply Horticulture & Dormant Spray Oil. This organic multipurpose oil smothers and kills many insects that overwinter on the bark of the plant. If you have repeated trouble with mites, scale, aphids or gall you may find this to be a good solution.
A helpful tip, if you are unsure of what plants you have in your yard, now is a good time to start mapping them out or keeping a journal. We can help identify plants by a portion, picture or verbal description. A diagram and a few notes including basic care are really all that are needed, but some people like to include date planted and other information as well.
We have many new items in stock. Solar Plant Stakes have been very popular. These Solar Lilies are available in purple, yellow, red or white and they add a touch of color to any space.
Many people have been asking about fairy gardening. We do offer classes and group events! More detailed information coming soon….-