Perennials forum: Winter plans for Spring

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 5, 2014 12:53 PM CST
It seems a long time til April but the Tree guys will be here in January to remove 3 trees. I will replace with a clump of Eastern RedBuds . They will come back in April to plant a 10 footer.
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 5, 2014 3:19 PM CST
So nice to see a spring thread! We planted a Redbud and it's doing fine but I was told to be sure to get one that didn't sucker. Mine hasn't...yet. It's worth asking questions and looking online before you buy.

I've been cleaning, digging dahlias and mulching a lot. It feels good to feel as though I'm ahead of the game.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Dec 5, 2014 4:37 PM CST
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
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ge1836
Dec 6, 2014 7:09 AM CST
Is anyone else making spring plans ?
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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Cinta
Dec 7, 2014 10:02 AM CST
Jo Anne sounds like a good plan. I have not started to make any plans yet. I start my winter dreams after the holidays and everything calms down.

I spend the winter cleaning the house and getting inside work done so I can spend my time outside without feeling to guilty. Hilarious!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 7, 2014 11:09 AM CST
Me, too, Cinta. Isn't that why we have winter - to clean house so we don't have it on our minds from April through December?

Jo Ann - I mentioned the suckers so you could investigate exactly which Redbuds do not sucker. Here you can see the stump from a Bradford Pear, which was cut down (later ground out) but the suckers remained so we called the company and they did return the next day to remove all the suckers. It's a major problem I didn't ever want to face again. They can't just be cut but have to either be unearthed or ripped from the roots - not a job I ever want to tackle.
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Here's a photo from the ATP files, of 'Forest Pansy', a Redbud with very dark leaves that is very attractive. Check hardiness and suckering.


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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 7, 2014 11:43 AM CST
My tree guy said Forrest Pansy isnt reliable here. Bradford Pears in this neighborhood have rotted and fallen apart after 10 or 16 years.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 7, 2014 12:53 PM CST
Our Bradford Pear came down in the storm, Sandy, but those suckers lived on just to annoy us.

I'm merely suggesting you investigate all possible Redbuds hardy in your area that do not sucker to cause you grief.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Dec 7, 2014 7:41 PM CST
I still have not had two large viburnum removed. It has been on the to do list for three years! I sure hope next spring is it!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 8, 2014 8:49 AM CST
Jen - if you're having them removed by someone other than your husband, give them a call now. Most of these very hard workers appreciate any work they can get in December and the energy they use in removing the shrubs will keep them warm.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 8, 2014 9:31 AM CST
Nope, it is just us doing the labor! UGH.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Dec 8, 2014 10:01 AM CST
EEK! How about a portable heater and a tent to cover you while you work?

Maybe a very powerful chain and a strong truck? I loved when one guy did it that way for a field of ugly, old shrubs we had when we moved in here.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Dec 8, 2014 10:07 AM CST
We'll do them in the spring when the ground is good and soft.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Dec 8, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Oh, I have had so many plans for the cooler weather of fall, winter and spring. So far, all plans seem to keep getting totally messed up by the weather.

After a three year drought, the rains came early in late September and it has continued to rain several days a week through all of October, November and, now, December. The soil has been, and continues to be, totally saturated, so I couldn't plant or divide my bulbs ... one plan on hold.

With almost constant rain, all of the material I usually glean for my winter mulch is sopping wet, so I didn't get the garden mulched in fall. Another plan on hold.

Again, the weather got me. We haven't had our normals sub-freezing night temps to freeze the weeds that would be inhibited weed growth during this season. The weeds have been jumping out of the ground because they are finally getting moisture. This week, I've been out there weeding between rain sessions. They were smothering some of the roses. There goes my plan to do housework during winter.

I guess this is not the year for planning, but a time to take it one day at a time.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 8, 2014 10:58 AM CST
I have three large trees to take down. Definitely not a DIY job.
Lyn, hope you have some rain barrels to save some of that rain water.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Dec 8, 2014 11:09 AM CST
Mike ...

No I don't have rain barrels. I live in a county-of-origin for water in California. Historically, we get an average of about 35 inches of rain during the rainy season. I never have any run off and I want the water to go down to the deep layers of the soil. It makes the water I apply to the surface of the garden during the dry months more efficient.

In my case, rain barrels would be a detriment rather than a benefit.

Smiles,
Lyn
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Dec 8, 2014 9:15 PM CST
My plans for next season are to continue removing "lawn",
and replacing it with either flower or vege beds.
I also want to reroof my north back porch with translucent vinyl,
and then would grow begonias back there. And other shade plants.
One bed in front of house (sunny south side) will be prepared for planting peonies next fall.
And of course there is pruning of shrubs etc. to be done.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Heucheras Hellebores Container Gardener
Birds Region: New York Irises Garden Ideas: Master Level Avid Green Pages Reviewer Lilies
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ge1836
Dec 9, 2014 3:39 AM CST
Sounds like you will be busy for an entire season.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Dec 9, 2014 7:23 AM CST
Jo Ann, that was funny. We are all busy in our own way in the garden. It seem like there is always something to do or rearrange.
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian Bulbs Winter Sowing Enjoys or suffers cold winters Lilies
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CarolineScott
Dec 9, 2014 8:44 AM CST
Yes, gardening keeps us busy.
I am always more ambitious over the winter than I am able to carry out in reality.
But that does not matter:...... as gardening is process more than product to me.

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