Yes, I know, life is busy and weeding isn't exactly sexy. But it has to get done. When I visit a site and see huge "trophy" weeds, I know that there hasn't been much action there recently.
Huge weeds detract from the beauty of your garden and once you let them mature you run the risk of allowing the weeds to flower and produce seeds. And weed seeds in your garden is not something you want.
So, even if you don't have much time for weeding, at least pick up the huge weeds or call me and I will help you.
Your garden should look beautiful and healthy. Huge weeds detract from the presentation we want so fight them!
Depending on the size of your garden, mid-season pruning can keep you very busy for weeks. But as you shear various shrubs don't go too crazy by shredding ornamental grasses into forced shapes.
Yes, shrubs and laurel hedges must be kept from overwhelming your property but ornamental grasses look great. Don't touch them. Let them grow well into late fall when they look their best.
I did some pruning this week and I left all of the ornamental grasses alone. This created a very -for me, anyway- pleasing effect. The untouched grasses look nice and soft.
I have no objections to stepping stones and pea gravel but always consider maintenance work in your design. I shook my head when I got to this front entrance because there is no way for me to safely line-trim the gravel/grass border. It's asking for trouble with windows nearby.
There must be some sort of barrier between the grass and gravel. So, please consider maintenance work issues when you're designing your garden.
I love working in the landscape on sunny June days when there is lots of colour around. It's always nice to see what people plant in their gardens and, if I don't know a plant, I look it up later.
What's your favourite June plant?
Vas Sladek, B.Sc., CLHT