Whats blooming this week? Crocus!
This small flowering bulb is the beginning of the spring flowering bulb show. It is easy to plant and is low maintenance.
These bulbs have few disease and insect problems. Plant them in large masses for the best show.
Plant these near the house, along paths and entry ways so that crocus can be seen and enjoyed. Crocus also do great in outdoor containers.
The best part about this bulb is that there is no unsightly foliage to look at after the flowers fade.
What to prune this week? Crape Myrtle, Knock Out roses, any shrub or tree that wont flower in spring, ornamental grasses, liriope, mondo grass, Japanese maples and roses.
Hydrangea varieties that can be pruned now include Peegee, Oakleaf and Endless Summer. These varieties bloom on new growth.
Camellia Japonica is in peak bloom during the middle to end of February. Be sure to visit the camellia gardens at Massee Lane, headquarters for the American Camellia Society, located in Fort Valley.
Resist temptation to plant things now. It is still too early to plant most of the summer annuals that are arriving in garden centers.
Remove faded flowers on pansies for improved flowering. On warmer days, add some liquid fertilizer to stimulate growth and flowering.
It is time to plant onion sets, spinach and lettuce.
Best way to rid your landscape of pampas grass?
Use an electric hedge trimmer to prune the grass down as close to the roots as possible. This will take a while. Then, bad news here, dig out the remaining pampas grass and roots. This will take a long while.
The moral of the story: dont plant pampas grass.
Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.