Ciscoe Morris: Prune your rhodies and trim your treeson June 8, 2012 @ 11:47 am (Updated: 1:35 pm - 6/8/12 )
"Once your rhododendron finishes blooming, it's a great time to prune those back," says master gardener Ciscoe Morris.
The fast-growing bushes are hardy, but do well with regular pruning.
If your rhododendrons aren't done blooming, however, Ciscoe says to take care of one of the easier tasks he's recommended: lawn maintenance.
"This is a really great time to put some organic lawn food on your lawn. This is the perfect time to give it fertilizer if you're going to water your lawn all summer long. If you're not going to water it, skip the fertilizer and wait until September," says Ciscoe.
Fertilizing the lawn takes only a few minutes and will ensure a moss-free summer. Ciscoe recommends a slow- release organic fertilizer. These last longer and will encourage grass to grow while also encouraging deep roots.
At a bare minimum, Ciscoe says, get out and cut back any plants overhanging the sidewalk.
"Walking down the street early in the morning in the rain, how many trees and plants are swacking ya in the face when you walk down the street?"
Gardening with Ciscoe can be heard on 97.3 KIRO FM Weekends Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and anytime at Mynorthwest.com
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