Task 1 : Cut down the Redtwig Dogwood
As hard as it is to say goodbye to those killer red stems, it’s time to move on now that spring has arrived.
I cut the stems of this shrub to the ground each spring and without fail, it grows back rapidly through spring and summer. This keeps the shrub’s size within bounds since I have it in a tight spot along the foundation of the front of my house.
This is what it typically looks like by summer.
The severe pruning also aids in providing the reddest of stems that upcoming fall/winter.
That task was completed today.
Task #2: Prune out the oldest stems on the Ninebark
This is another pruning task I conquer each spring. I cut roughly 2/3 of the old stems on this Ninebark ‘Diablo’ to the ground with the goal of limiting the ultimate size of this rapidly growing shrub.
You can easily identify the older branches by their lighter color and heavier peeling bark.
Another task completed today.
Again, I do this so this Ninebark doesn’t outgrow the somewhat limited space I’ve provided for it along my foundation. By pruning it in this manner, it doesn’t get too monstrous and looks like this by the time it stops growing in summer.
Task #3: Clean up the dead foliage around the perennials
A lot of hand pruning and pulling but it’s all worth it after seeing all of that delicious green new growth.
Task #4: Cut down the ornamental grasses
For today, I stuck with the grasses that could easily be handled by hand pruners. That consisted mostly of Karl Foerster grasses.
Task #5: Observe
Observe the bulbs developing in a see of Bee Balm rosettes.
Observe the Golden Ragwort quickly throwing out growth and hopefully flowers in the next few weeks.