Roses, dividing/transplanting perennials, composting, edging, and weeding. See, there are so many things we could be working on before spring. Just think of all the free time you will have if you get started with landscaping tasks now.
This is the time to order roses from your favorite catalogs. Dormant roses will be shipped ASAP, usually between now and mid-April. Make sure you have a location for your rose plants before purchasing. When the rose arrives, it needs to be planted within 3 days. In North Carolina we have a serious Japanese beetle problem and they love roses. When selecting roses look at the bloom times. Japanese beetles are only present from June to July, so choose roses that DO NOT bloom at this time. Roses need 6-8 hours of sunlight, great soil, and water. A good rose for our region is the knockout rose, blooming from May until the first frost. Knock roses put on a really good show.
Dig up some of your perennials and divide to install in other parts of your garden. Some perennial plants I will be dividing are: coreopsis, iris, soapwort, garden phlox, black-eyed susan, hosta, plumbago, aster, creeping sedum and salvia. You may even swap some perennials with your friends at this time.
Composting is an affordable way to create soil your plants will flourish in. Check out the link on how to do this.
If your bed lines are no longer crisp, get out your spade and start edging. Here is a link to help you.
Weeding plant beds can also be completed or started now. Many winter perennial weeds are showing their nasty faces and we don’t have to look at them. After removing weeds a weed program can be set up to eliminate these problems by applying a pre-emergent herbicide, like Preen.
Have fun or hire someone:)
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