▪ Use a deer repellent to drive away deer, rabbits and squirrels. Use a product that is waterproof in 24-48 hours and lasts at least two to three months. I spray the susceptible plants once in April, then in July and finally in October, but start spraying now if you haven’t already. These new formulas are rainproof and work very well. Read and follow label directions.
▪ Add a garden bench. Make sure the style fits the garden. Seating usually faces in the direction of other seating areas or a particularly attractive focal point. Benches need to be accessible and comfortable.
▪ Remove faded flowers on daylily to prolong bloom times. Did you know Rose Knockouts are considered self-cleaning and do not require old bloom removal.
▪ Keep up with your watering schedule. Water newly set out plants every day to start. Check the container gardens because they dry out quickly.
▪ Take cuttings from woody shrubs to propagate. Dip stems in rooting hormone to encourage quick root formation. Place cuttings in small peat pots with light soil. Water every day until roots form. This process works great for hydrangeas, too.
▪ I love dahlias. The garden varieties, although smaller blooms, will come back every year. Terrific color, low maintenance, sun-loving and they can take the heat. Look at the labels — some are not cold hardy.
▪ If you are looking for year-round color, visit nurseries every three to four weeks. Buy what is blooming during each visit.
▪ For a professional look. Use pine straw around trees and shrubs. Use pine bark mulches around flowers, roses, in paths, and around benches.
Todd provides residential landscape design and consultations and can be reached at fernvalley.com.