April Showers Bring …March 30, 2017 Outdoor Living
April showers bring … a laundry list of things to do! Before you can have those May flowers, let’s get down to business … cleaning, pruning and planting! Once you’re done, you’ll be in full bloom and ready for the season.
Firstly, survey your yard. Make note of all the elements that need attention. Remove tree limbs, especially those that may be brushing your home. Cut down any of last year’s perennial foliage, and place into a compost pile. Rake your beds and fluff your mulch. Check fences, steps and other areas for damage. Make a list of things that need a fixin’ … service lawn equipment and get ready to mow … prune and plant!
What will blossom beautifully in spring? Here are our top ten choices for our Texas climate.
Pink Discovery Azalea
Grand Maitre Crocus
Once you have decided what you would like for your yard, follow these no-fail perfectly planted flower steps:
- Set plants atop the ground before you plant so you can space them evenly.
- Soak the plants while they’re still in their pots.
- Use your fingers or a pencil to gently pry apart matted roots so they’ll spread into the soil, not remain in a ball.
- Add a couple of tablespoons of slow-release flower food to the bottom of each hole, and then stir with your trowel to mix it evenly into the soil before inserting plants.