Have you been trimming the plants back as they freeze? So have we! The weather is very unusual this year and the plants are confused. Continue to water, mulch and spread compost on the garden, trees and lawn.
If you are planning to re-do your yard or start a landscape from scratch, here are a few suggestions to think about:
1. Consider the entire landscape, not only a small area of the yard. Sketch the permanent items, house, walks, garage, outbuildings, vegetable garden, utility area (a/c, trash cans, storage for toys and tools) large trees, children and animal play areas.
2. For water conservation and easier maintenance, consider 80% plants (ground covers and landscape) and 20% lawn or grass area. If you’re not familiar with the grasses, plants, trees and flowers, visit a garden center that has knowledgeable salespeople. They will know the requirements of light, water, sun, shade, correct planting, fertilizing and pruning. Working with a professional, to walk you through your best choices, saves alot of aggravation and plant loss, which equals money.
3. Keep an open mind to changes and new ideas. This could include removing and rebuilding patios, fences or sidewalks. Visiting other landscapes will give you a better feel for your likes and dislikes.
Sweet peas and onions can be planted now. Annual flowers and vegetables may be started inside at this time, to be planted outside later. Larkspur and bluebonnets are coming up in the beds. Let the plants grow a few weeks, then move them to the place you need them to grow. Asparagus can be planted now. The soil must be prepared well because it will be in this plant bed for many years. If you have garden beds prepared, compost should be placed on the plants or garden bed.