Knock on wood, we are done with winter and snow. The days have warmed and rain is soaking the earth and encouraging plants to grow. Spring has sprung! The North Shore is awash in delicate blue scilla bulbs and daffodils are beginning to pop up through the beds. It’s my favorite time of the year, when everything is new and everything has potential.
This time of year, our Property Improvement crews are out in force doing spring cleanups for our clients. Cutting shrubs, perennials, and grasses back; clearing beds of leaves and debris; and spreading mulch where needed. A little tighten up for the garden so that everything has a chance to grow in the best conditions. An added benefit of doing your spring cleanup is uncovering the early emerging plants. Suddenly the garden isn’t quite so drab with little hints of green and bulbs sprouting up. And if you haven’t planted bulbs in your garden yet, all I can say is…WHY? By now, winter has made me stir-crazy and I am desperate for a glimpse of life in the garden. Bulbs are that glimpse and they tell me winter is over and we have survived. I digress, as I often do when it comes to bulbs, so I’ll circle back around to spring cleanups.
By this time of the year, the landscape looks downright tired. The dry hydrangea heads that have been our winter interest have gradually been leaning ever further down and are now nearly prostrate. Ornamental grasses look to be melting back into the ground. Thank you for your service hydrangeas and grasses, but it’s time for you to be cut back.