Jan 30, 2022
Q&A: Winter Pruning, Planting Seeds for Your Garden & More | Frisella's All Around the Yard Podcast Q1: What landscape maintenance should I be thinking about right now in early Jan? Answer: Spring clean up, mulch & turf care Q2: When should I plant my seedlings for my garden? Answer: Typically you are going to want to start your seeds indoors about 6-8 weeks before the last freeze/frost in your area. If you are in the STL area, the last freeze date is April 30. Start your seeds in a container that is at least 2-3” deep and has drainage holes. Choose a potting soil that is for starting seedlings, do not reuse soil from your garden last year or soil from your houseplants. Start with a fresh, sterile mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Next, plant your seeds. Be sure that you check the seed packet for proper planting instructions. Water, feed & repeat until they are ready to be moved outside. So when starting to plant your seedlings you are going to want to double check on the last freeze/frost date but in the STL area it is typically April 30. Q3: What plants should I do winter pruning on? Answer: Generally speaking, trees and shrubs that bloom on new growth should be pruned in the winter & early spring, while those that bloom on old growth should be pruned in the late spring or early summer. Prune evergreen trees & shrubs in the late winter or early spring when they are still dormant & before new growth begins. Prune shade trees in the late winter/early spring too, these can include (but are not limited to) oaks, maples, sweetgums & hornbeams. In winter/early spring, prune shrubs that form their flower buds on “new wood” such as abelia, butterfly bush, summer & fall blooming hydrangeas, roses, rose of sharon, dogwoods & summersweet. Be sure that you do not over prune check out our winter pruning videos on YouTube for a tutorial on winter pruning.