Category: Spring Clean Up

Lavender Clippings

Lavender Clippings

The “garden gals” visited Lavender Acres in Meridian, Idaho to learn about pruning lavender in the spring, Grosso lavender specifically. Donna gave us a quick demonstration using the electric pruners and if you have a lot of lavender, you will need the electric shears, too. But, if not, the long handled pruners will work as […]

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Essential Garden Tools-My Bucket List

Essential Garden Tools-My Bucket List

I love my garden tools.  I have done a lot of gardening- for myself and for others and have tested out many different kinds of tools.  Now after many years, I will reveal to you what tools have made the cut and are still in my bucket! First of all, there is the bucket.  I re-used […]

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Rose Arbor Pruning

Here are some pictures of a rose arbor I pruned (along with the help of 2 other ladies). Before: This is the second year, I have pruned this rose. The first year, it needed a lot of work and we probably hauled away a trailer full of old canes. This year, we were able to […]

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What To Do After You Prune the Roses Without Killing the Bees and Butterflies and other Pollinators

After the roses are pruned, what happens next is fertilizing! I like to use a slow release fertilizer and I always add a few inches of compost around the rose. Try to keep it off of the stems. It can possibly cause damage to the stem. I do NOT use a systemic application to my […]

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Rose Pruning

In Idaho, it has been said, that when the forsythia blooms, it is time to prune the roses. But, there is NO rush! I like to wait a couple of weeks after the forsythia blooms, because you never know when you are going to get a few more cold evenings that could frost the new […]

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Roses

Here is a picture of the base of my favorite hybrid tea rose “Double Delight”- I wanted to show you what garbage collectors they are!  I might get brave and clean out these dead leaves, but for now, I am not going to prune the rose.  I live in USDA hardiness zone 7A (go to http://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/PHZMWeb/InteractiveMap.aspx to […]

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Bearded Iris

Oh, the beauty of iris in spring! Just kidding.  If you did nothing in the fall with the iris, then they will look like this.  The leaves are brown and grey, mottled with mildew and lying on the ground. Time for some work on these guys.  But don’t be discouraged,  with just a few minutes of […]

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Weeping Brown Sedge (Carex flagellifera)

Here is a weeping brown sedge before pruning.  This sedge is best NOT cut to the ground. Just give it a mild hair cut with the  long bladed pruning shears.                     Below shows me preparing for a “ponytail” cut for the sedge.  Using this method, the […]

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Spring Clean up

Here is common sage in early March.  I decided not to do any pruning on it yet.  It seems a  bit too early.  We are sure to get several more freezing nights and so I am going to wait for about a month.  Then, I will cut off the dead branches and shape it up […]

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