Bill Messina, horticulturist at Spring Valley Nursery in Franklin, presented information to the Franklin Daybreak Rotary on gardening and plant life in our county. He talked about the importance of considering the elevation of your home when determining which plants to utilize in your landscaping and getting your soil tested to find the proper PH balance for different types of plants and trees. Now is an ideal time since most farmers are testing their soil in the spring.
Messina stated that planting and pruning is not limited to spring – you can plant new plants as long as the ground is not frozen and can prune dead wood anytime. However, winter months (preferably January) are ideal so you do not prune new tender growth during warm spurts. Messina also suggested that if you are struggling with certain areas of your yard, take a picture of that section, and take a printed copy to your local nursery. The nursery can help determine the best plants and trees for your problem areas. A helpful hint — nurseries are now utilizing QR codes. This allows you to access the web and get specific information on that particular species as well as helpful information on determining if the plant is right for your yard.