With Spring fast approaching, we know you are anxious to start pruning away the dead stems on your plants. However, it’s important that you take the time to understand the science behind your plants so you can promote healthy growth and bloom.
- Rejuvenation entails cutting a substantial amount of the plant material away and cleaning the built-up organic material from around the base of the plant. This allows air, water and nutrients to be better utilized by the plant.
- Avoid shearing! A sheared plant will require more water to recover from the unnecessary stress.
- An application of a balanced slow release fertilizer should be applied to encourage new growth and build reserves for the long hot summer.
- Rejuvenation should be done only after the chance of frost or freeze has passed, usually in early March. Pruning too early can expose new growth to frost, while pruning too late expose new plant growth to in-tense heat.
- Don’t panic! The effects of rejuvenation may look harsh, but your plants will recover. Many factors will affect the rate of recovery, including; shade, current health, and species.
- If done properly you will have beautiful, blooming, and healthy shrubs for years to come!
March Tree & Shrub Care:
- Now is the time to prune most non-native evergreen trees and shrubs
- This is the last month you should prune sun-sensitive trees such as citrus and ficus
- This is a good time to fertilize all types of trees
- Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of trees and shrubs