Now that everything is flushed out in mid-May, it will soon be time to do some mid-season pruning. Especially if there are obstruction issues. Some people also realize they have less light reaching their homes with trees and shrubs nicely flushed out.
Use sharp shears and make sure your clean-ups match the pruning.
As always, Green First! Landscaping is here to help you. Just text 604-562-3736 anytime.
Yesterday I got to plant Amstel Begonias, supervised by the site gardener who has been tending to her landscape for the past twenty years. Let's see how she does it.
1. Use a trowel to dig a hole. My trowel totally fit the site: it sports a soft cork handle and thumb rest. It retails for $15.
2. Throw in some bone meal. Personally, I think this might be overkill for annual plants but why not? Bone meal is an organic fertilizer.
3. Water the hole. It takes time but it makes sense. Help the plant with some water in the hole.
4. Install the Begonia. It sounds simple but the low green foliage is supposed to face the walkway and street. See, you learn something new every day.
Adding annuals to your garden gives you instant colour, assuming you can handle the cost every season.
People generally don't like weeding so that's why you can hire Green First! Landscaping to help you. It's important not to let weeds flower and produce seeds.
The owner of the house below clearly left his Western bittercress mature too far as some would shoot out seeds when touched. And that's a problem.
It took me roughly 30 minutes to weed and cultivate the side of the house. And now the owner's wife doesn't have to be mad at him for not weeding. I was happy to do it.
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT