Middle South

March, 2008
Regional Report

Add a Berm

To spice up your landscape and provide privacy from roads and neighbors, build a berm or manmade hill. Planted with a variety of evergreen trees and shrubs, as well as colorful perennials, a berm will provide an attractive focal point and an effective sound, wind, and visual barrier. A large berm can get expensive to construct, so you may want to consult with a landscape contractor who can help you design the most suitable shape and size.

Plant Fragrant Herbs Along Paths

Plant low-growing herbs such as creeping thyme between bricks and pavers along pathways, and add other herbs to the sides of the paths. As you walk on or brush against the leaves, you'll release a pleasing fragrance.

Wait to Mow

Wait to mow your lawn until it has grown a few inches. The grass plants need to replenish their root systems, and they do so with their new growth. When you do mow, mow high to leave more leaf surface for better photosynthesis and to shade out sprouting weed seeds.

Label Crowded Daffodil Clumps

Check daffodil clumps and label those that appear overgrown and whose flowering has declined. Crowding inhibits blooming. Plan to dig up, separate, and replant daffodil bulbs in July.

Use Native Soil to Backfill

Don't add compost or other organic matter to the planting hole or backfill soil when planting trees. Doing so can encourage the roots to remain within the planting hole, rather than venturing out into the native soil. Backfill with the same soil you removed from the hole.

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