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Plant spirea for a pop of pink this spring

▪ Plant spirea. There are many varieties to choose from. I like “Goldmound.” With pink spring flowers, compact growth, disease resistance and lime green leaves during the growing season, this is a “Todd Terrific” selection. Also look at Spirea “Anthony Waterer,” “Twist of Lime” and “Canyon Creek.”

▪ Now is the time to sod or seed warm-season grasses. Warm-season grasses are varieties such as Centipede, Bermuda or Zoysia. Remember to prepare the area by removing weeds, tilling the soil and adding amendments, such as fertilizer, as needed.

▪ Add mulch to flower and shrub borders. This will reduce the number of weeds and you will have to water less often. A 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch is good. Types of mulches to use include pine straw, mini pine bark nuggets and pine bark mulch.

▪ Perk up those flowers in containers. Add liquid fertilizer to container gardens every month. Use a half-strength solution.

▪ Begin “deadheading” summer annuals and perennials. This is the process of removing old flowers from plants. Deadheading extends the flower time by preventing seed production.

▪ Fertilize roses with a 10-10-10 slow-release fertilizer. Apply fertilizer every other month.

▪ Encore azaleas, which bloom twice a year, should be pruned immediately after they bloom.

▪ Plant warm-season vines now for a splash of upright color on mailboxes, fences, lamp posts and arbors. Good choices include mandevilla, purple sweet potato vine, purple hyacinth bean vine and blackeyed Susan vine.

Todd Goulding provides residential landscape design consultations. Contact him at www.fernvalley.com or 478-345-0719.