Spring is just around the corner

  • Pruning: the primary purpose of pruning is to control the size and shape of plants.
    Pruning: the primary purpose of pruning is to control the size and shape of plants.
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Spring season is the best for those who love flowers.

The days are longer and the temperature in most areas become perfect for plants to grow and flowers to blossom. It is for such reasons that most people find spring to be the perfect time of the year to engage in general cleaning of their landscapes, especially those ones who took a break throughout the winter and are in dire need of a “spring cleaning.” Spring cleaning duties often include weeding, mulching, pruning, and fertilizing.

Pruning: the primary purpose of pruning is to control the size and shape of plants. Pruning is particularly important for plants that blossom during the winter such as allamanda, roses, hibiscus, and princess flower. Pruning of the plants will allow them to regain the desired shape and size. Additional advantage of pruning during spring is that it prepares the plants for more summer blossom.

Weeding is the next cleaning duty that follows after pruning. This cleaning process involves the removal of annoying weeds that take the space meant for desirable plants. The best control weeds one can use different cultural and mechanical techniques. The last resource is chemical control.

Apart from growing out of shape and size, the plants might show signs of nutrient disorder. If this happens, then it is encouraged that one applies slow release fertilizer to the plants to encourage growth and correct nutrient deficiency. With fertilizers, it is always wise to always read the label and follow the directions.

With good pruning, weeding, and fertilizing, any landscape will be in excellent shape for the spring and the seasons to follow.

Do you want to learn more? Visit the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Spring Festival and Plant Sale Saturday, Feb. 29, at Osceola Heritage Park located at 1921 Kissimmee Valley Lane, Kissimmee. At the festival, there will be more than 60 plant vendors, free classes, free kid’s activities and more. If you have gardening questions, you can contact the Plant Clinic at 321-697-3000 for a free phone consultation.

Master gardeners are available to help you with your garden questions. For classes, visit our Eventbrite page: https://ocagriculture.eventbrite.com