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May 10, 2020 10:35 AM CST
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Hello! We moved into a new home with gorgeous flower beds and no idea how to maintain them. I know nothing about gardening. It is now May and I have no idea if there is anything I need to do to prepare these mystery plants for the summer... do I need to trim them etc. (See pictures). They are all perennials. Also, what tool do you use to define the line around a garden bed? And what layers do I use to raise the beds when they start looking bad... a layer of soil topped with how much mulch? How do I make the mulch that is there now look better... it's been under snow for months so do I rake it? Any advice is appreciated!

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May 10, 2020 2:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Hi, looks like new grow th is barely starting there, so no rush. But in the next few weeks, you would pull off the brown dry old plant parts and discard them. A layer of new mulch on top of old is OK.
Commercial landscapers here take off old mulch but I see no point in that, and I dont know any homeowners who do that.
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May 10, 2020 5:45 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
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I agree with Sally. In a few weeks when the plants emerge and the growth is more visible post some more pics. You can then get IDs on what you have and how to care for it.
If there's no perceptible line between the garden bed and the lawn, you might want some type of edging to define the garden bed. This will also keep grass from creeping into the beds. Popular edgings include rocks, bricks and pavers.
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