Tips and Tidbits

April Tids and Tidbits

Posted on April 2, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Dear Gardening Afficiondas and Friends,

Spring is here, and we are all busy as bees cleaning up the winter detritus and beautifying our yards.  Pulling weeds, cutting back the dead stuff that couldn't survive the barest of winters we experienced this year, planting new flowers and shrubs, remulching, resodding, etc., etc.  We're full of ideas and the possibilities to create beauty seem endless.  It is both back breaking work and incredibly fulfilling; kind of an oxymoron here, but if you love it, you know what I mean.

Before going out and spending a small fortune buying your latest horticultural favorites, take stock of the sun/shade in your planting area and how it may have changed.  Try to remember where you planted things and how they fared - did they like the space, are they thriving, or have they grown leggy, and don't bloom?  Use this information to guide your purchases.  Full sun means a lot of sun - like 6-8 hours of strong, hot sun.  Not a few hours of dappled sun breaking through oak tree branches.  Same for shade.  Full shade means full on shade.  Part shade/part sun give you a lot more flexibility.   

I woulud like to make a plug for the LSU AgCenter, which is the best source of information for plants for our area.  Click on the following link to get to their latest newsletter:

Happy Gardening!  And remember -- call us if you need us.  We are there to help, come up with ideas/solutions, and above all do what you need done to make you and your garden happy!

Shelley and the YHG team!

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