In general, most roses should be pruned in early spring (just after the last hard frost) before new growth emerges. This ensures that the plant will have healthy blooms throughout the season. Fresh mulch helps to minimize weeds, helps with soil moisture, and adds essential nutrients. Keep mulch a few inches away from the base of the plant.
The intense rose-pink, violet or blue flower heads average 3.5 – 5″ across and rebloom on old and new wood. Striking red-purple stems with a glossy dark green leaf make this plant’s presence known in your landscaping. Flowers are violet-blue to blue in acidic soil.
Fall is a great time to plant. Days are shorter, the ground is generally moist, stress on plants is less, and the amount of time you need to water your new plants is reduced. Substantial root growth will occur in late fall, so even if leaves have fallen off of the trees and shrubs, roots will continue to grow until the ground freezes. Keeping this in mind, trees and shrubs can be planted well into November.
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Ross Swartz Elected President of the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association
Ross Swartz, owner of Paul Swartz Nursery, located near Wilmot, WI was recently elected President of the Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA). Elections were held at a recent WNLA General Membership Meeting. Mr. Swartz will begin to serve his first one-year term as President immediately.
Ross was born and raised into the nursery and landscape industry and has been involved with beautifying residential and commercial properties in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois since his childhood. Paul Swartz Nursery has been providing quality nursery stock and landscape design and installation services to thousands of satisfied customers since 1949.
The Wisconsin Nursery and Landscape Association (WNLA) serves the Green industry and its over 200 members, which includes growers, landscapers, lawn and tree service providers, retailers, and industry suppliers. The association plays a vital role in meeting the educational, informational, and legislative advocacy demands of Wisconsin’s commercial nurseries, growers, and landscapers.
WNLA is notably proud of its financial and moral support of research and scholarship. The association also works closely with the University of Wisconsin’s Horticultural Department as well as other prominent institutions of higher learning.
WNLA is a proud member of the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation (WGIF) which is an “umbrella” organization representing five separate and autonomous associations serving Wisconsin firms in the Green industry.