This time of year, my landscape maintenance company is busy as anything, pruning and helping all the gardens recover from months of wild blooming abandon. While a lot of what we’re doing right now is pruning to keep things at the right size in relation to their surroundings (we don’t want the plants leaning boorishly on their neighbors all winter long), we’re also starting to cut back a few plants that are finishing their blooms or going into dormancy. While this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means, here are a few of the most important tasks we’re doing right now:
Here are tutorials, some with video, on what to prune now:
Heaths and heathers
How to deadhead Hydrangeas
Hardy cranesbills/ geraniums
Mexican bush sage/ Salvia leucantha
Summer-pruning exuberant Miscanthus
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’
Cane berries and raspberries
And, here’s a list of frost-tender beauties that I take care NOT to prune right now!
Phew! Well, I’m tuckered just thinking about all of that.
In between all of that good gardening activity, be sure to take the time to enjoy the bounty of peaches, and kick back with a drink in the last days of summer.
And in case you’re looking to cut a few corners in your garden maintenance, here is some food for thought on which fall garden tasks you might safely skip.
What are you guys tackling now that fall is near? Let me know in the comments below.