What Does This Beautiful Early Springlike Weather Mean?
To Plant/Prune or Not?
Our Plant Of The Week-Desert Hardy Hibiscus or bush mallow
Harper’s Landscape Center Update:Staining The Counter and Bar See for yourself at our Scottsdale location
Is This Weather Unusual?
We’ve had warm January weather before-don’t fear it has no correlation to what the summer weather will be like. It does mean that your plants may begin to start to bud or grow spring growth or blooms a little early if this lasts very long. What you shouldn’t do though is assume that we still couldn’t get a frost yet. Do: prune roses, deciduous trees, an non frost sensitive plants as normal now! We will be having another pruning clinic with the Rose Society, Integrity Tree Service and The Pond Gnome the 15th of February at our Scottsdale location. If you missed last week’s rose clinic this class will give you the opportunity to learn rose pruning as well as trees, shrubs, and pond cleaning and maintenance as well!
Don’t: prune cold sensitive plants like Hibiscus, Bougainvillea, Natal Plum…yet. Some of those in fact did get nipped by the cold in early December and that damage should not be pruned off until mid February-again see our clinic!
Do: plant cold hardy annuals and vegetables-Don’t plant tomatoes or peppers until the first of February and even then protect them!
Do: plant Oaks,Elms,and Hardy Desert Trees like Mesquite and Palo Verde. Don’t: plant Orchid, Jacaranda,or ficus yet (maybe don’t plant ficus as a landscape tree ever again?-it is a great patio or potted plant)
Do:Be sure to spray or control weeds early-this warm weather has weeds popping up everywhere! They are much easier to control when young and you don’t want to let them go to seed!
Don’t fertilize quite yet on Citrus etc. Wait until February to fertilize your citrus! Do: fertilize your winter lawn!
There is lots to do in spite of or because of the great weather we’re having! See you in the garden!