Seasonal Garden Tips &
Lawn Care Tips for Wisconsin
May and Early Spring Garden & Yard Tips
This is the perfect time to identify the plants that didn’t make it through the winter, you’ll know the ones! Remove what may remain, discard, and come for a visit to our garden center. We will do our best to get you back on track and give you the color you want.
Now is the time to cut down all the old or dead growth. Try not to damage the new growth that is already coming up. In some cases, new shoots are further up the stem so you want to cut the stem down to right above the new buds. For grasses, give them a buzz cut down to 3-4” above the ground then rub the center with your hand to break off dead stems.
This is a great time to see the structure of the shrubs. Anything that is dead, rubbing, or crossing should be taken out. Make your pruning cuts as far down the stem as possible. For Spirea, cut the entire shrub down to 4” above ground. Break off any of the dead wood than is inside. Flowering shrubs such as Lilac should not be pruned until after they flower.
If you have small trees, check the branching habit. If there is something growing at a 90 degree angle, prune it out. Always look for dead, rubbing and crossing branches. If any are present, prune them off. Look for any damage to the trunk. Critters sometimes like to strip or chew the bark off.
If you have any questions, concerns, or “just don’t know”, we are here to help! Stop in and we will do our very best to give you answers! Also, be sure to check back for our Monthly Tips, Weekly Spotlight Plant, and soon to be available “How To” videos to help you LOVE YOUR LANDSCAPE!!!!
Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.
As we approach April, you may have gotten out into the garden and you might find that your garden plants have begun their spring growth. But in addition you may find that your weeds have been just as busy over the past few months.
April is the time to really start prepping. As soon as the ground thaws, you can consider planting shrubs, like Spirea. Shrubs are an important feature in a landscape. Evergreen shrubs become anchors of permanence and deciduous shrubs (like Spirea) add interest with their changing foliage and blossoms throughout the seasons. They add scale and structure to the garden in conjunction with trees and other perennials.
Other things to keep in mind for April:
- When annual beds can be worked, turn over green manure crop such as annual rye in beds for annuals and vegetables. If none was planted, top-dress with compost or rotted manure.
- Remove mulch from spring flowering bulb beds.
- Container grown or balled and bur lapped trees and shrubs can be planted at any time during the growing season.
- Divide perennials and pot for the PCMG plant sale by the end of the month. This will provide roots time to get established.
- Prune and fertilize all bush fruits and grapes. Fertilize fruit trees as soon as possible after ground thaws but before blossoming.
- Plant rhubarb and asparagus as soon as ground can be worked.
- Remove rose cones when soil thaws. Gradually remove soil mound from around rose plants.
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Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.
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Evergreens Really Need Water Before Winter!
The gardening season isn’t over while there’s still watering to do, according to Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.
Going into winter with dry roots can cause trouble for plants in spring. If the roots are damaged because they dried out in fall, they can’t absorb water in spring. Water stored in their roots supports early spring growth. If the reservoir is low, they can start out the year stressed by drought and never get over it.
If you water nothing else, water evergreens and any trees and shrubs that were planted this year or last year.
Newly planted trees haven’t had time to grow a large system of roots to absorb and store water, so they need frequent watering to make up for it.
Evergreens need stored-up water to make up for what they lose through their leaves, especially in the cold, dry air of winter. “People don’t realize that water is leaving those needles all winter long,” Yiesla said. When evergreens don’t absorb a sufficient water supply in fall, their needles can dry out, turn brown and die.
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Peonies – and Perennials to Plant in Fall!
Planting in fall, is, most often a perfect time to plant and allow the plant to become established for next the next year’s growing season. In general, plants with shallow, fibrous root systems can be planted more easily in the fall than those with fewer, larger roots.
These include perennials and shrubs & trees such as:
This upcoming month of October Heritage Hill is offering 50% off of all Perennials, so it’s a really perfect time to consider planting!
Last week and still showing in the spotlight is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, a perennial you may want to consider!
A few weeks back, we featured the beautiful Sara Bernhardt Peony on our Spotlight Page.The peony is, without a doubt one of the most favored beautiful plants in Wisconsin. We recommend the below article for great planting advice for peonies from Farmer’s almanac!
Courtesy Farmer’s Almanac Planting Peonies
Remember if you have any questions, contact our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He’ll help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.
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