Spring will be here on Saturday and unfortunately, our landscapes don’t reflect it. Due to our hard freeze this winter, it has compromised our faithful azaleas, rich camellias, and other blooms that bring joy after a long winter.
With that being said, we are HOPEFUL! We are confident that most of our landscapes will recover from the shock but we need to be patient. Here are a few things to consider:
- Wait a few more weeks before trimming or pulling up plants! It is still too early to determine the full extent of the damage. Some shrubs are already budding and producing new growth — give them a chance to recover. Also, we discourage trimming right now because it is possible to have another cold snap this spring and it could cause further detriment to the plant.
- Roses — proceed with cutting them back.
- Defoliation — it is a good sign. The plant is trying to produce new growth!
- Feel free to scratch the bark of stems or trunks — if you see any green, that is a sign of life.
- Get through spring and then evaluate. Towards the end of April, it will be time to fertilize, mulch and trim (FM&T, as well call it) and it will be essential this year. Be sure you have plenty of our Special Mix Fertilizer. Be on the lookout for further instruction about FM&T.
- Stock up on seasonal color!
- If you get impatient, look at your neighbors’ yard — it is not too colorful either!
Thankful for your trust,
Your friends at Breedloves