Winter is over, at least according to the calendar. Whether the snow has stopped in your neighborhood or not is less certain. No matter where you live, your early Spring garden checklist needs to include inspecting your perennials for winter weather damage. Snow, ice, and the wind blowing and laying around you yard can cause your garden favorites to shift and uproot themselves.
Spotting the problems:
- Inspect around the bases of all of your perennials to identify any places where the weight of snow, or water drainage has exposed the roots of a plant.
- Check upright evergreen perennials for snapped branches, and broken base stems that may be hiding under the foliage.
- Examine small bushes and young evergreen trees that may have bowed under the weight of heavy snow. Look for clean breaks that need to be pruned back to the ground, and bowing issues that can be retrained through tying back.
Prune perennial shrubs or branches that have sustained heavy breaks and damage back to an inch or two above the ground where necessary. Loosely bind up the bowing branches of woody ornamentals and small evergreen trees into an upright shape to mend the spring growth, and firm up the shape. Using a trowel edge around the base of uprooted shrubs and sink them back into the ground to protect the roots from freezing, and newly emerging pests.