Central Virginia gardening
18 February 2014
Did you clean up your garden last fall; beds all cut back and mulched, leaves shredded and decomposing in a compost pile? Or have you left the perennial debris and leaves, all crushed down now into a pile of mush lying on the beds? Either way, you can see what is left standing and it is time to do some pruning.
With a more open view and no distracting bloom all around, it is easy to see where removal is needed. Crossed branches on the Japanese maples, broken limbs dangling up in the beech and oak trees, water sprouts and suckers on the shasta viburnums and the crabapples; all are more obvious now.