Winter is a great time to prune many deciduous trees and shrubs. During late winter, plants are dormant, as are the pests and diseases than can infiltrate a plant through fresh pruning cuts. Because deciduous plants are leafless in the winter, you can easily see Deadwood, branching structures, and overall form to help guide your pruning. Winter is a great time to make corrective pruning cuts without causing the plants stress, and it gets you outside to enjoy some fresh air! Prune Butterfly Bush, Smokebush, Hornbeams, Crab Apples, Ornamental Cherries/Plums/Pears in the winter. Try to avoid pruning spring flowering shrubs like Rhododendron, Azalea, and Forsythia, as well as any trees that “bleed” or ooze sap when they are cut, like Maple, Birch, Dogwood, and Elm. The bleeding is not damaging to the plant, but it can get quite messy for you – best to wait until late spring/early summer once the trees have leafed out.
Take a journey to your garden shed, garage, or wherever you keep your gardening supplies and make a list of the items you need for the upcoming season. Check the quantities of your fertilizers, potting soils, soil amendments, etc. and be sure they have been stored properly. Look over your pottery/containers and be sure they are clean and in one piece – discard any cracked or damaged pots. Make a final list of what you’ll need to get started in the spring and stock up before the spring rush!
Get a head start on your veggie garden this year! Obtain seed catalogs or stop into the nursery to browse through our selection of seeds and seed starting essentials. Some veggies like Leeks and Onions can be started indoors in the middle of the month, while many others like Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Lettuce, Peas, Peppers, and Tomatoes can be started indoors in March. Be sure to read each individual seed packet for specifics on seed starting.
It may be cold outside, but spring is just around the corner. Start thinking about those garden and landscaping projects you’d like to tackle this year! Whether it’s sprucing up your foundation plantings, creating a veggie garden, putting in a pool, or just adding some containers to your patio, Pound Ridge Nursery can help you with any project, big or small. Call us to get started!