The extremely cold weather and recent snow are starting to have an impact.
Ive noticed significant winter burn (browning of leaves) on loropetalum, azalea and Indian hawthorne. It looks bad, but these plants should recover and add new leaves in the spring.
When temperatures go from freezing to the 60s, its a great time to get a jump on spring cleaning inside and out.
Start thinking about a garden gift for that special someone for Valentines Day!
This year, give a live plant that can be planted outside after the holiday is over.
Turn the handles of your garden tools into rulers.
Use a yard stick and a permanent marker to mark feet and half feet on the handles of tools. This is a time saver and more accurate than guessing the depth of a hole or the distance between shrubs.
Now is the time to cut back liriope and other ornamental grasses. Use scissors for small areas; use a string trimmer for larger projects.
Crape myrtle can be pruned now. Pruning will encourage new growth, and flowers are produced each year on new growth.
Palms add an interesting accent to the landscape. Cold hardy tree forms include cabbage palm and windmill palm. Cold hardy shrub forms include saw palmetto and dwarf palmetto.
These palms are reliably hardy in zones 8A and south.
In a vase of water, add cut branches of forsythia, deciduous magnolias and quince to force them to bloom indoors.
Now is a good time to dig and replant existing landscape shrubs. Get as much of the root system as possible. Remember, the older the plants, the less chance it has of survival.
Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com, 478-345-0719 or on Facebook.