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With the biting cold and snow behind us, it’s time to tackle your yards and gardens!
- Have you thought about starting a compost pile or bin? Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves that you have raked up from your yard and garden. Chop these piles up to speed up decomposition. Add equal amounts of “brown" (carbon-rich) materials like dried leaves and straw and “green" (nitrogen-rich) materials like grass clippings and weeds in even layers with water and a compost bioactivator. Turn regularly, continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring.
- If you had spread a layer of winter mulch to protect your plants from heaving, you'll want to remove it when plants begin to grow and the danger of extreme winter temperatures has passed.
- Cut down last year's perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.
- Cut back any ornamental grasses to about 4" tall just before they put out new growth. This is also the time to divide ornamental grasses if you wish to do so.
- Clear your planting area as soon as the soil can be worked, removing sod, weeds and debris. Prepare your beds by spreading a 4" layer of compost or manure and any amendments over soil and cultivate it to a depth of 10-12".
- Plant bare rooted trees, shrubs and perennials such as hostas and daylilies by early spring. Choose a cool, cloudy day if possible.
- Transplant container grown plants anytime during the season except midsummer. Be sure to water them thoroughly.
- Annual flowers fall into two categories: varieties that like it warm and varieties that like it cool. Most cool-season annuals, such as pansies and violas, nemesia, diascia, calendula, poppy, snapdragon, and sweet alyssum, can take a little frost. Plant them in beds and borders or containers and gain a few early weeks of color.
- Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil amendments when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.
New items for this year
- 18 Count Potted Herbs/Vegetables
- 14" Lazy Daisy Iron Floor Planter
- 18" Premium Patios
- 21" Wave Window Boxes
- 10" Assorted Color Water Can Planters
- 10" Thumbergia Cage Planters
- 10" Potted Dahlias Patios
- 10" Trellis Trumpet Vine
Ruhlig Farms & Garden Hours:April Hours:
Mon.-Sat: 9-6PM • Sun 10-5PM
Mon.-Sat: 8-8PM • Sun 9-6PM
24508 Telegraph Rd. (US 24)
Brownstown, MI 48134
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News & Updates
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You’ve heard it said, “When it rains, it pours.” This could refer to the amount of rain on the roof going through the gutters and downspouts, and then out to the storm drains and pouring away from your garden. With the unpredictability of rain and the cost of water, don’t you wish you could keep some of that rain? Continue reading