One of the best parts about winter being over is that I get to spend time outside in the yard. Unfortunately, it’s still pretty brown. I was surprised at how much was still green and it proves the insulating power of snow.
With the 60 degree temperatures I managed to get quite a bit done on Sunday afternoon and Monday after work. Well, Dwayne helped a bit on Monday….
There is always a lot to do to get your garden ready for the growing season. You have to get all of the old, dead stuff out of the way so the new, green stuff can get through.
I cut the Butterfly Bush back so that it can grow and found that it already has some new growth on it. There was also some growth on some of the lowest branches… the ones that had the most insulation from the snow. Make sure you check before you trim, although you should get growth from the roots.
Down in Kansas where my mother-in-law lives, the new growth grows right on the old branches, so she doesn’t cut hers back, but our winters are harder on our plants and tends to kill the stems. The same with my hydrangea. I usually let it go a bit until I see where the new growth is and then I cut back the stuff that is definitely dead.
We have a small area right outside the garage door that is mainly in shade so we planted a lot of plants several years ago. About the only things that are still there are the bleeding heart, some bluebells and the astilbe.
I dug out my roses from the mulch that I buried them in last fall.
I unwrapped the pot that was too big to move. The experiment seems to have worked. The pot looks fine.
Betty’s poppy has some babies to keep her company this year.
The rabbits were hungry over the winter.
The rose appears to be okay, although it will have to work a little harder to get those branches back.
The big project is the grass. Every year under the weight of the snow, it gets crushed.
In order to keep it healthy you have to get air to the roots. That involves “fluffing”. I don’t really know if there is an actual term for this, but it involves raking the grass so that air can circulate around the blades of grass. You don’t need to rake heavily, but you do have to get the grass back up. This link (Garden 11 029) will open a short movie of me actually working. Of course, there is no proof that it is actually me doing the raking, but just take my word for it. Dwayne wasn’t home. I don’t want him to see that I can actually do the raking.
Of course, we couldn’t do all that work without supervision!
There is still plenty to do. The weather just has to cooperate! With the colder temperatures expected over the weekend, I will covering the plants that I have just uncovered, although many will be fine with temperatures in the 20s.
Have fun cleaning!