Yearly Maintenance

In The Garden

Sep 27 2022 • 9 mins

Keith Ramsey: [00:00:00] Hey, Keith Ramsey with the garden supply company. I wanted to outline yearly maintenance things we do at our house and recommendations for people. People always call in the middle of spring and want mulching done, that kind of thing. And just laying it out the way I think it should be.

Mulching is a, from a company standpoint, if you're paying somebody to do it, it's always an off-season thing. It fills a void when companies are slow. But if you're digging into a mulch pile, that's a hundred degrees. You also don't want to do it in spring or summer heat.

And the plants have already broken ground. Perennials are starting to come up, so you're mulching around them. It's something that, that I always recommend that people, [00:01:00] mulch and then and then power wash, get cleaned up for spring. So you know, planning to do that kind of thing.

So in the wintertime. Doing some of your plantings, ordering seeds, picking out plants at a garden center, starting to come up with your plan, and then planting in the winter is ideal. So if you do big planting, go ahead and get that out of the way. Disturb the dirt, get, pick your plants out and get the big stuff done while it's fantastic.

And the plants can acclimate to the soil. They don't require a lot of water. And then get your mulching done and get it done ahead of daylilies and perennials and stuff like that. That's going to come back up, it can come through the mulch, and it just has a nice, fresh look, and you're ready for spraying.

Instead of playing catch up, you're mulching around many different things or mulch, and then try to come back and put plants in.

Joe Woolworth: do most people remove last year's mulch or whatever's left, or throw it right on top? Just throw it

Keith Ramsey: right on top.[00:02:00]

Every once in a while, I like to switch the mulch up. I think it's good for the soil. So if I've used hardwood mulch three or four, three or four times, I'll sometimes switch it up to pine straw to give it a different product going into the soil. But all that stuff, microbes break them down, and they'll build the soil.

Mulch is a little bit slower to break down. If I'm trying to get rid of mulch or if it's built up, you should put enough down that there would be a lot left on the ground. If you have

Joe Woolworth: a lot of weeds in your mulch bed. Do you put it down? Paper. Yeah. So you can put

Keith Ramsey: down paper

Joe Woolworth: do you put that right over the old mulch?

Or do you have a dig that up or just, you can

Keith Ramsey: yeah, just put it right over the old mulch and then put mulch on top. There are lots of new organic chemicals out that you can spray that are A broad. It's going to kill any wide leaps or grassy weeds.

So you can spray weeds. You can also apply pre-emergence before you do the mulch. But brown newspaper paper, packing paper, that kind of stuff. If you can put it down over the top of weeds and then mulch it out, it really [00:03:00] helps, but pre-emergence is something that if you put it down twice in the spring and once in the.

You can eliminate about 90% of the weeds you have to pull. Which I think is an excellent way, too. My pre-emergence makes pulling weeds fun. When you're getting into spring, I always say you've got your mulching done. Having a prepped annual bed that you change out regularly is super easy.

And it gives you that color that carries you through as perennials come and go. Perennials are probably one of the more popular things we sell these days because they correspond with pollinator plants, which are super easy to put in the spring-summer.

You can plant 12 months out of the year, but filling in some holes by adding new plants and various native plants is perfect for pollinators. I've recently told people to plant flowers for pollinators and pollinator habitats.

And then you'll have hummingbirds, that kind of thing. Show up in your yard. You don't [00:04:00] necessarily have to feed the hummingbird if you want to do something. That's a little on the different side. Add a bird bath, sand, or a handful of pine straw, and then add one to one water to sugar and feed the bees.

You can stand right in the middle of it. Honey bees will find it. They'll come in. They'll empty a bird bath in the afternoon. And it's a frenzied activity. It's almost like what, like watching a hummingbird. It is cool. It's a bigger experience. And you can let your kids go out there and stand in the area.

And the bees are just going to fly in and out. All they're looking for is the sugar. That's a nice twist on, yeah. Feeding

Joe Woolworth: hummingbird, sometimes I look at people's lawns, and I'm like, ah, I'm just overwhelmed. I'm never going to catch that guy. You move into a neighborhood, but I like the idea of doing one thing a year.

There for ten years and all of a. Exactly. That was nice looking, yep. Environment

Keith Ramsey: that you built in your yard. Sure. That's the other thing a landscape is not a once-and-done project. It's sometimes it. You can hire a firm and

Joe Woolworth: for once and done, $75,000. [00:05:00] But then

Keith Ramsey: you, but then a year later, there's something else that needs to be done, so too, so is, to me, it's, it is an ongoing project. So biting off small projects too, people come in sometimes, and they're like, I want this, and I don't want that. Not, I was thinking about putting a pool in, and we maybe want a pool house, and I'm like, okay let's start with, tightening up your patio and making it lush and, an inviable space put a, put an Arbor over your deck and put a ceiling fan out there.

So it's comfortable to sit out there. We did that this year, and it's been a game changer. Yeah.

Joe Woolworth: I have a ceiling fan in my sunroom, and I just realized that it wasn't on a high. When I turned it up, I was like, oh my gosh. Yeah. This is so much better out here.

Keith Ramsey: Yeah. We sit out, we don't have a screen, but we have a, it's not a, it's not the labeled, big ass fan, but it's a big ass fan.

Yeah. It's a. Five-foot or six-foot fan or something, I picked it up at low. It was reasonable. It was three or $400. Yeah. Makes a huge difference. And it keeps all the mosquitoes away. Yeah. It just observes. It [00:06:00] keeps them at bay. So we could go out there and sit outside and read and have our coffee.

And it's been a game changer, and it wasn't a massive project. If you're

Joe Woolworth: going to spray for mosquitoes. What time of year do you recommend?

Keith Ramsey: So spraying form, you need to spray every, I think it's every 12 days or every 14 days. There's a life cycle.

Joe Woolworth: for it.

And you need to convince your neighbors to do it too. You

Keith Ramsey: No, you don't. We have a company that sprays for mosquitoes at the house. That's an organic company. Oh yeah. That's safe for bees. And I wish I knew their name. But if you look up organic bee company in care, they'll say it's garlic, I think, spray, and it does a fantastic job.

I've seen one or two mosquitoes this year in our yard, and our yard used to be filled with a mosquito. We've been really excited about that, but you must start fairly early. You can got, and you have to spray with the life with the reproductive cycle of the mosquito.

I hate the typical spray because it's a by ING product. It just kills any [00:07:00] insect, any pollinator, anything that crawls across it. And there are more beneficial insects than there are detrimental insects. So you're killing the whole environment.

You or you kill the lizards or the spiders that eat the mosquitoes. I like using something organic, and that it's a little bit more specific to the mosquitoes it's, but further in the year, as you get into, you get through spring fall again, I, if that's another time people always want mauling done, but you've got leaves falling.

It's a fall, a perfect time to plant, especially any big stuff you've got the longest period before hot weather. So getting in there and getting some planting done is the only time you can plant grass seeds and be effective. So fall, from August 15th to September one through the end of October, is the only time in North Carolina you're going to be able to establish VES.

So seeding fertilization is important to fertilize three times in the fall and as little as possible in the spring and then continue your planting and then you're back to mulching. [00:08:00] And if you mulch once a year, I just really recommend doing it from the time that the leaves are done falling.

Around until the time when things break ground. It's a perfect time, and that's a time of year that sometimes we'll be filling in with mulching. We can do it. But it's a time of year. You're going to, you're going to have the easiest time finding somebody to do it, or it's going to be the most comfortable for you to do.

You've got a big pile of. To dig into it's, it's cool outside. So get out there and enjoy it. Or get your company lined up to get it done. Is it a perfect time of year to have it happen? We'll see you next time.