Family First!

We use to tell the kids, “Sundays are Family Fun Days at Paul Swartz Nursery” (that would mean they would be working on Sundays).  Well, no more!  We have pondered long and hard and even though we only did 2 months of Sundays in the spring, along with the other 6 days of the week, it was tough!  Life is short and we want those Family Fun Days spending it with our Family relaxing!

 

When the Forsythia Bloom, Prune Roses for More Blooms

Pruned roses produce almost twice as many flowers as those plants that don’t get pruned.

Start at the bottom and work your way up.  Wear gloves to protect your hands.  Remove any dead, shriveled, black, diseased or broken wood.

Make the cuts on an angle, about 1/4″ above buds.  Tea roses should be 6″ – 8″ long with 3 to 5 strong, healthy canes per plant.  Prune floribundas to 8″ –  12″ in length with 8 to 10 strong canes per plant.  Just remove about 1/3 of the growth on shrub roses and you are done!

Don’t worry about making mistakes, it’s hard to kill a rose with bad pruning. Prune less in the beginning, you can always go back to cut more. 

 

Summer Plant Health Tip

Summer is a great time for an addition of mulch to your planting beds for weed prevention and better soil moisture retention (2-3” layer).  Be very careful not to mound the mulch up around the trunks of trees, as it can kill the tree.

Maintaining good soil moisture is important – especially for new plantings.  New plantings typically take about 6 weeks to get some new roots established and watering can be less frequent and more at each application.  Ideally, a good, slow, deep watering is required about every 7-10 days for trees and shrubs after they are established.  Newly planted B&B and container plants need to be watched very carefully during that first 6 week break-in period after planting or until they have had a chance to get rooted in.  The easiest method of checking to see if a plant needs water is to stick your finger in the soil it was planted with, and if it feels dry – water it, and if it feels moist – skip watering it.  Typically sprinkler systems do not work well for establishing new plantings unless they are putting water on the roots where needed.