March 29, 2013
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Spring is always a rush. Late springs arrive like a tsunami that
only the lucky, organized and totally focused gardener can ride.
With this issue we wish you the best of luck, and share with you
our priority order, bare bones, illustrated checklist for the
One dandy new item posted in What's Up
Click below to view a quick, comprehensive to-do list. We've
designed it and chosen its 105 new supporting photos so you can use
it for a quick guide or delve deeper as need be.
Checklist for Spring rush: When
spring comes late time's even shorter than usual because plants are
popping up to fill every inch where your feet and rake need to be.
If you have questions that begin, "Can I, should I, must I do X, or
Y or Z, this simple checklist of 19 items will be a big help.
That's true whether your question is general or specific: Pruning,
weeding, fertilizing, rabbits, Japanese maples with dead limbs...
you name it!
Use our list to decide what to do with these precious spring
days. If a few "how to" questions pop up, follow links in the list
to see photos.
Also: New in the library called Ensemble Weekly
We move recent news into this department as the seasons change,
but we also keep adding to this season-based
library from our own archives. This week, thanks to Sponsors'
help we've posted:
What's Coming Up 63: Perennials, Ligularia, fabulous
foliage, dividing tough old perennials, lilac borer, fertilizer
What's Coming Up 111: Sand, fixing hard-packed and
difficult soil, worms, Japanese maple, prune
What's Coming Up 114: Lilac pruning, borers, shrubs
for shade, trees in decline, invasive plants and alternatives,
branch bark collar
If you're thinking of pruning a lilac you'll find our immediate
how-to in issue #199's Spring Rush Checklist, plus links
to these back issues. They contain essential "how come" answers to
why a lilac should be pruned regularly, why your lilac doesn't
bloom so well anymore and what you can do about it. Our sincere
thanks to Sponsors Fraser, Jones and Wallace for letting us keep
writing new even as we present the whole story for those who need
There are more than 900 articles in the
Ensemble Editions library. To use them:
- Choose a season and scan key word titles.
- Or use Search on our site with your own keywords. Better than
For instance, if the rose pruning items in this week's issue
aren't enough, type "pruning rose" into the Search field (top right
on any page on GardenAtoZ.com) and in less than one second you'll
have links to five more illustrated articles about pruning
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