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Stew Leonard’s Garden Center Experts Shares Tips for Storm Recovery and Clean UpAfter a hurricane or any major storm, there’s always plenty of clean up to be done in the lawn and garden. Not sure how to tackle the mess? Here, Stew Leonard’s very own “Garden Jeannie” shares her tips for getting started on storm clean-up:
• After the initial branch and tree clean up, take a look around to determine if the sunlight conditions have changed. What was once shady could be full to part sun, requiring different plantings. Full to part sun plants that are popular as well as deer resistant include boxwoods, Spirea, Russian sage, and Dwarf Alberta spruce.
• Look for soil or mulch erosion and reapply it as necessary. To determine how much mulch you’ll need, measure the area you’ll want to cover and then multiply the length by the width to get the square feet. Divide your total square feet by 18 to calculate the number of bags you’ll need for approximately a depth of 2 inches of coverage. So, for example, a 10’ by 15’ bed is 150 square feet. A 3 cubic foot bag covers 18 square feet, so you’ll need about 8 bags to cover the bed.
• Do you need new plantings? You might want to consider plants that will hold up better in windy conditions, or smaller growing plantings to avoid future problems. Some of the best wind-resistant trees are Beech, Crepe Myrtle, English Holly, Juniper, Rugosa Rose, and Amelanchier.
• To plant new trees and shrubs, start by digging a hole approximately 2.5 times the diameter of the pot. The depth of the hole is measured by the root ball in the container and not the container depth, as not all pots will be full. Remove the plant from the container by tapping the sides of the container to loosen the soil. Examine the root system. Are the roots visible? Is there any sign of insects? Take a knife and score the roots to loosen the soil. This will make it easier for the plant to establish itself in its new environment. Put the plant in the hole and fill it halfway with a mixture of 1/3 dehydrated cow manure, 1/3 peat moss (or 1/3 coconut coir, which is an organic substitute), and 1/3 top soil. Water, let the soil settle, and fill again with soil until the soil is level with the ground. After planting, mulch your shrub or tree to prevent water from evaporating and weeds from growing. It is also important to water every day for the first two weeks, then two to three times a week for the first year.
Need a more personalized plan? Stop by any of Stew Leonard’s Garden Shoppes for help picking out the best shrubs, trees, annuals, and perennials to help turn your garden into a backyard oasis, no matter the weather.