Simple tips to care for Hydrangeas by Seamus Dillon

These can be a tricky and difficult shrub to manage, however, by following some simple steps you can have beautiful flowering Hydrangeas every year. There are many different varieties, but there are only two types of flowering processes. There are those flowering on New Wood and those that flower on Old Wood. For those that flower on the old wood, it is important to leave the stem. The flowering for these happens one year early, so the flowers you currently see were grown the previous year. It is best not to prune these at all. Those that flower on new wood will flower each year and on the new stems. For these it is best to prune in early Spring. There are three ways your Hydrangea that flowers on old wood can be damaged; Pruning aggressively or at the wrong time, animals eating them or the weather. The weather is the most dangerous. The crucial time is when the weather warms after winter in early Spring, then a frost passes through. This is the most common way your plant is damaged. As for the Dead Wood, when you see woody stems be sure there isn’t any green inside. If there isn’t, it is best to cut at the bottom as far down as possible. Be sure to check every few inches however, because if the green is cut, this could cause the stem to not flower thus losing a year. Hope this helps. #pleasebloomformethisyear



How to solve your pruning problems By Seamus Dillon

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the shrubs and perennials in your landscaping? Have you trimmed them all back and noticed they all didn’t flower the next year. Pruning can be very problematic if you do not know what you are doing. Each plant has different needs and can be stressed if cut back too far. Plus, it can be unsightly if the stems are too woody. The best option is to fully research the type of plant(s) you have and prune them in the proper season and in the proper way. Landscaping is expensive and is important in supporting the value of your real estate. Be sure to take the time to learn how to do it right or you may be spending a small fortune replacing what was damaged. We at Dykstra Landscape Management specialize in servicing complex landscapes, feel free to contact us for a free quote. #pruningisnoteasy


Do you have horsetail problems? By Seamus Dillon

Well, it may not be the horsetail you are thinking of. This is actually an invasive weed that can overrun your rock bed or any other landscaped bed for that matter. They thrive in low oxygen, so there are some traditional remedies to remove weeds that will not work and may actually support their growth. They contain millions of spores and release them into the soil, so simply attempting to pull them by hand can causes the spreading of these spores. This can make eradicating these small weeds nearly impossible. A couple of tips that will help remove these hardy weeds are to remove the first layer of your bed where the horsetail is growing and place them into a trash bag for removal from your property. It will also help to plant many more shrubs and perennials in the area where the horsetail was thriving as the plants will rob the resources the weed thrives on. This should help you in your desire to have a beautiful landscaped property free of weeds. #horsetailweedseverywhere