|A message from Naturescape Garden Team:
Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful that many gardens survived the drought of 2020. Many plants suffered from the stress caused by the drought. Fortunately, they have mostly recovered but we have noticed many insect and disease problems. Like lawns, there are some areas that didn’t make it and will need some corrections. For example, Red Twig Dogwoods really struggled. Dogwoods have very fine rooting systems. They do best in a rich soil away from larger trees but shaded by them. The soil content can make a big difference. Next time you install some plants give us a call to see if we can give you some tips on best choices for your plants.
- Pruning – Now that weather has cooled down its a great time to start pruning evergreens. Refrain from pruning any flowering evergreens as most will bloom in the spring and have already set their flowers for next spring.
- Winterizing – The Garden Team is nearing completion of winterizing gardens as perennials, shrubs, and trees are getting ready winter dormancy. Winterizing Gardens involves trimming down perennials to reduce disease, fungi and insects, that may have plagued your garden this year. We may leave some debris for the protection of pollinators as well as add organic matter and mulch if needed. We’ll inspect plants for problems and make suggestions. Some plants we don’t trim down create a more diverse winter landscape are Ornamental grasses, Echinacea, Astilbes, Sedum, and Beebalm.
- If you do composting you might need to add water to the bin and turn it over one last time before winter. As part of our rounds we often do this for our customers.
- Deer Repellent and fencing has become an important step if you want to have lush plants in the spring. Deer will decimate evergreens and our beloved flowering shrubs. – We have a product that lasts all winter. Let us know if you’re interested as we will be starting this soon.
- Tree Wraps are applied to prevent frost cracks and sunscalds on thin-barked trees like Cherry, Apple, and Sugar Maples. If you have one of these trees and its in full sun during the winter the sun can cause it to overheat and then harsh weather fluctuations can cause the bark to split. Wrapping the trunk helps prevent problems.