Planting Tip #1
Prune spring blooming shrubs that have completed theirflowering. Cut back errant branches;otherwise prune just to shape the plants and to remove dead, diseased, ordamaged branches. Avoid hard pruning,i.e. removing more than ten percent of the growth .
Planting Tip #2
Water roses deeply – once per week is recommended. Frequency of watering can be reduced ifroses are mulched with a 2-inch deep layer of dry grass clippings or compostedwood chips.
Planting Tip #3
Reminder – Plant Alternatives to impatiens this spring.
Over the past several weeks, impatiens downy mildew (IDM) was confirmed in greenhouses in four counties in surrounding states. In each case, the disease was widespread within greenhouses and losses nearly 100 percent. Don’t get caught and have to replace plants this season. New Guinea impatiens are not affected andother plants to use are Coleus, Begonias, Torenia, Lobellia.