Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc.
"Creating and Maintaining Sustainable Gardens"
What does working with nature mean to you.
This creates a healthy landscape for people, plants, birds, pets and beneficial insects. In turn it contributes to cleaner air and waterways. It attracts pollinators.
It is cost effective as you will spend less money on fertilizers and pesticides and less time on weeding and watering.
We use ornamental and native plants. Native plants attract wildlife, restore habitat and native plants are beautiful. We avoid invasive species.
We use the right plant and plant it in the right place. We choose the most suitable plants taking into consideration the growing conditions, plant characteristics and any special ornamental effects. We use edible shrubs, vegetables and fruit trees.
Mother Earth Gardens and Design Inc. creates and maintains environmentally friendly
gardens recognizing that working with nature transforms a high maintenance landscape into an attractive labor and cost savings ecoscape.
We create beautiful planters
We create 'right plant right place' planting plans so the garden will thrive
We create garden designs
Shade gardens/Full sun
Color theme gardens
We provide spring and fall clean up
Planting/ pruning /weeding
Monthly landscape maintenance
These bright cheery flowers are grown from bulbs and will return year after year in the landscape with their clumps increasing in size. The bulbs need to be planted in fall for a showing in spring. Varieties include different sizes, shapes, shades of white orange and yellow and bloom from early spring to late spring depending on the variety chosen. The best part is deer or squirrels are not interested in eating them.
The Garden in April
This is a very busy time of the year. This is a great time to plant trees and shrubs. Some vegetable seeds can be sown at this time.
April 1-April 15 - early potatoes, green onion, bulb onion, cabbage and leeks, broad beans, corn salad, endive, kale, lettuce, parsnips, radishes, spinach, turnips, lettuce, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, kohlrabi April 16-April 30 - beets, swiss chard.
Check raspberries, blackberries and logan berries for adequate support and ensure all old canes have been removed. Current stems are green and supple and old stems are brown and twiggy. Weed around base of plant so that they are not competing for nutrients and mulch canes.
Deadhead daffodils, however remove foliage after the leaves have turned yellow as the bulb is fed through the leaves. This usually takes 6 to 8 weeks after the flower has finished blooming. Feed with organic fertilizer ie. fish fertilizer or bone meal. Divide polyanthus after flowering to create more plants for the following year. Shear winter blooming heathers after they are finished blooming and prune early flowering shrubs after they are finished blooming such as forsythias to maintain shape and size.
Stake perennials such as peonies, delphiniums and alstromeria and mulch perennials if not done so previously. Sow hardy annual seeds such as calendula, columbine, cosmos, sunflowers, poppies, phacelia, marigolds, nasturtiums and wild flowers.
Roses should be pruned by the beginning of April. Watch for aphids on new growth. If aphids are seen use a jet stream of water to wash them off. Ensure all fallen rose leaves are picked up to prevent spread of black spot and powdery mildew. Pruning roses so that they have an open vase shape, watering in dry spells and planting in full sun will help greatly in reducing powdery mildew.
Keep garden beds well weeded and edged and watch for pests or disease. Cut grass and aerate if not done so. Also it is a good time to repair your lawn.
Call Marian today at 604 617-3696