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Garden with a Winner!™

  • Water your garden: Not too much, not too little, and avoid wetting the foliage; the soaker setting on the spray nozzle is the  most efficient way to get the job done right.
  • Weed your garden: Use a hoe if necessary and get the sharp blade to slice them off just under the soil surface, or pull them by hand.
  • Edge your garden and keep it tidy: Where does your lawn stop and your garden begin? Create a perimeter with an edging tool or put a permanent one in place.
  • Fertilize your garden: Low-nitrogen, high-phosphorus fertilizer encourages more buds and less greenery. A single application in spring is suffice, but be sure to read the packaging and apply the right dose.
  • Mulch your garden: Keep weeds to a minimum and maintain moisture.
  • Deadhead your garden: Take scissors, pruners, or use a sharp fingernail to remove dried up buds and damaged leaves; this helps prevent the production of seeds and induces the potential for plants to re-bloom.
  • Inspect your garden for pests and problems: Leaves with holes or shriveled edges, sticky residue, discoloration, spots, bite marks, deformed buds or damaged stems are all significant signs that you have an unwelcome guest in your garden. Bring some evidence to your local garden center and they can help you find something to relieve your plants of the disease or pest infestation.
  • Clean-up your garden: To protect plants in cold weather conditions layer them with a couple of inches of mulch to keep them insulated through the winter months. You can cut them back fall or spring; there is no right or wrong, rhyme or reason to pick one season over the other.
  • Support your garden: Place stakes close to your larger plants early on to avoid upsetting roots and before allowing the plants to get too large.
  • Share your garden: To sustain beautiful perennials it is recommended to split big plants every 3-4 years; in spring or fall, or when they are not in bloom.  Transplanting