“A good gardener always plants 3 seeds-one for the grubs, one for the weather & one for themselves”.
C. Collins

 

IN SUMMER:

Pinch tall Sedum, tall asters, Monarda, Russian sage, Balloon flower & mums back by 1/3rd before 4th of July to reduce height & discourage flopping

Plants need 1″ of water each week.  If rainfall is insufficient, you’ll need to water, especially newly planted materials. Give plants a thorough soaking once a week, rather than frequent, light watering. Avoid watering late in the day.  Plantings beneath mature trees, especially maples, will be in dry zones and may require extra watering.

Keep grass long (3″) to discourage weeds, encourage a strong root system and reduce noise & air pollution.  Remove only 1/3 of a growing grass blade at each mowing.

Deadhead your perennials regularly to encourage longer bloom time.

Try to control weeds with hand pulling or smothering them with newspaper or cardboard rather than using chemicals

 

“That grand old poem called Winter”.
Henry David Thoreau

IN WINTER:

Monitor outdoor woody plants for evidence of rodent
or deer damage. Keep snow away from the base of plants
which show signs of gnawing
Weather permitting, dormant pruning can be done in February/March. But avoid pruning birch, elm, maple, &
walnut at this time as sap movement may prevent cuts from healing
Enjoy all those seed catalogs! Begin planning which flowers
you’ll be adding to your garden this year.

LINKS TO SOME EXCELLENT GARDEN RELATED WEB SITES:
Check out Milwaukee County’s UW Extension horticultural home page for gardening
tips, help with insects, disease problems, etc.
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/milwaukee/hort/index.com
For excew.midwestlandscapeplants.org
Unillent information on woody trees and shrubs hardy in Wisconsin
unversity of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture web site is a very complete resource for your garden questions:
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort/