Cathy Isom lets you know why, as well as how, to revive tired old plants. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
What can you do when your plants have endured too much rain, too much sun, and then another bout of rain?
Gardening experts say it’s best to prune your plants to prevent them from slouching and leaning on their neighbors, or ending up on the floor and ultimately rotting. When plants end up on the floor of the garden bed it could also make for a good hiding place for slugs. Once something has flopped, the best option is some careful pruning. Or, you can belt a plant together rather than stake it – tying string around its middle to hold it in – but often cutting back is the best option.
Overcrowded or sprawling plants carefully nipped in here and there, so that any pruning marks aren’t so noticeable, may mean the loss of some flowers, but it will restore order and result in new growth. Likewise, having the patience to go through and remove any dead, dying or slugged leaves will do wonders for a tired-looking garden.
I’m Cathy Isom…