What's Coming Up 224: Cut hard for an easier spring, split spring bulbs

Simplify your spring gardening: Cut harder, fuss less. Raze a 4' beautyberry bush, enjoy the space in spring and the clean, straight growth that follows a hard cut.

Simplify your spring gardening: Cut harder, fuss less. Raze a 4' beautyberry bush, enjoy the space in spring and the clean, straight growth that follows a hard cut.

What's Coming Up garden news

Issue #224, March 9, 2020
Janet Macunovich and Steven Nikkila help you grow

Snowdrops, hooray for brave early flowers. Now is the time to split them and spread the joy.

Snowdrops, hooray for brave early flowers. Now is the time to split them and spread the joy.

Janet and Steven are back!

It's so good to write those words and send them out to all our friends.

We hereby pick up where we left off, in time to help each other maintain spring's lovely but hectic pace. We hope it will not confuse you and you will pardon our dust as we continue to straddle two websites, GardenAtoZ.com and GardenAtoZ.org.

Straddling two websites, we are both .com and .org

As when we last mailed to you we are posting all new articles at GardenAtoZ.org and migrating all that we've already written from our .com site to this more secure, more phone friendly .org. Our emails will come to you from .com for at least a while longer but link you to current news on .org.

We missed being here to tell you what's coming up in the gardens we tend and to talk with you on the Forum. We ran into some hard times and had to let the website ride while we adjusted to new circumstances. We will catch you up on the lost time later but for now, have fun with us in our newsletters as spring sweeps in, re-up your Forum membership (still free) or go browsing there to see day-to-day developments.

Finally, action! Feedback appreciated for our first video

See it in Spreading Early Color. Let us know how we are doing as we move our technological-dinosaur bones into new age. Wow! Moving pictures!.

One thing we will not pick up is our Market, having finally realized that selling is not our passion. Certainly we will keep recommending good tools, materials and sources but we will no longer be doing any selling of our own.

Please help us reconnect

Perhaps the biggest hurdle in our reconnection will be updating our mailing list. Those subscribers who changed email addresses in the last few years will miss out. Some people may have to check their Spam folders to find these new editions of What's Coming Up and identify them as "Not Spam." Please tell others to check in so we can include them in our newsletters.

 

Fitting start to any season: Mentors' magic for spreading early color

Enjoy the earliest bulbs and make more of them now before they disappear into dormancy or the openings for more of them are covered by the skirts of later rising plants.

 

Green Thumbs Up right now to hard cuts on woody plants

One-cut pruning is an easy way to keep some shrubs smaller, others cleaner of line or full of especially vibrant foliage. Sometimes such cuts can delay the shrub's flowering to fill gaps in your garden's bloom calendar. Here is what can be cut, how hard and when.

Green Thumbs Down to timid cuts that create a tangle

Stubble is trouble when it comes to managing woody plants most simply in spring. Don't be timid as you make spring cuts, and follow our lead to reclaim what;s become a terrible tangle.

 

Thank you!

This year, when our words and pictures help you, please consider donating to GardenAtoZ.org so we can continue sharing the best, most practical advice we can. If you can help, send your check payable to GardenAtoZ to Janet & Steven at 6648 Ellinwood Dr., White Lake, MI 48383 or donate via Paypal (email to Steve@GardenAtoZ.com from your Paypal account).