Spring Has Sprung! What To Look Out For

Now that the weather is getting warmer, you should be aware of some notable issues on your lawns and in your gardens.  (Ed. note: Oh, hello Spring. Glad you could make it.) of course, Wildrose Gardening can help you with any and all of these issues.

Dandelions

Ah, yes, the Dandelion. For such a nice, bright yellow, this flower sure isn’t anybody’s favourite, especially your neighbour. LOL

Continue to use a grass bag on your lawn mower  to collect all the nasty dandelion seeds for another week or two.  This will help to prevent them from spreading throughout your lawn.

As long as there is a tap root, they will over winter and produce a new plant. The best time to get them is right after they flower, as they have low food reserves after blooming. Easier to remove at this time, but make sure the ground is moist, and get the whole tap root.

For a control of existing Dandelion weeds, Fiesta is the new product.  It’s not as effective as the old products such as “Killex”, but much safer in the environment. Usually two applications are needed.

You can see a lot more here – http://ontariowildflowers.com/main/species.php?id=418

Annual Plantings

The weather can go from cool to quite hot very quickly, so keep an eye on that and increase your watering to daily if the weather is very warm and the sun is out. You should water them pre- and post-planting for best results. Squirrels and other backyard friends sometimes like to upset new plantings of these, so you might want to monitor for a few days.

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

garlic-mustard-credit-wasyl-bakowsky-mnrWe’re not talking about hamburger condiments here, but a very invasive plant that was brought in from Europe in the 1800’s as an edible herb. It has enjoyed the trip overseas so much that it is now one of Ontario’s most aggressive forest invaders. It is easy to identify, though it does resemble a few other native Ontario species. Crush the leaves, and if they emit a garlic smell, this is most likely Garlic Mustard.  A dense stand of this can produce more than 60,000 seeds per square metre, and can double in size every four years! You can read and learn a lot more on this subject from the very excellent Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program website.

Container Gardening – It’s Not Big, But It’s Small !

Container gardening is often a great choice for either when you do not have a large area for gardens, or if you simply have a certain space where small scale gardening is a great choice.

This article from Garden Design Magazine explores some ideas on matching pot, plants, and your individual house decor/accents. There’s tips on using containers, types of plant material, and answers to some common questions. Wildrose Gardening has a wide breadth of experience in this area.  Learn more here.

This GardenMaking website article offers up a variety of tips for colour, shaded areas, selecting and using pots, veggie growing and more. Learn more here.