Brooks Landscape Tips
Spring is coming which means it is time to start that spring cleanup. It may not be the most enjoyable part of gardening, but it makes a huge difference! First thing...start cutting back those perennials that you didn't get to last fall and than move on the woody shrubs that require getting cut back every spring (varieties of hydrangeas, Red Twig Dogwoods and buddleia to name a few). Next, you can start on your rose bushes: "roses benefit from a good pruning and the removal of the majority leaves, to shock the rose into thinking it was dormant and needs to wake up and start growing again" (The Spruce). As you are working through each garden bed, make sure you are removing leaves and other debris. To polish your garden beds off, don't forget to edge and mulch!
Lets talk about coral bells. Many have had some trouble growing these here in Kansas. They look great right when planted but slowly start dying back until there is nothing left. After some research and playing around, we offer some tips. Coral Bells tend to be a little picky in where they are planted. They prefer part shade and good drainage is a must! The label may say full sun, but full sun in Kansas can be pretty harsh on coral bells. They don't want to compete for water, so if there is a water-hogging plant nearby, the coral bell most likely won't survive. If you have poor soil, you may think about digging a bigger hole and adding some good soil and sand prior to planting. This will help with the drainage! After blooming in the spring, the flowers can be cut back to encourage more energy back into the leaves. Coral bells should be divided every 3-5 years. You may also need to replant deeper if the coral bell's crown heaves above the soil line.
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