Landscapers give gardening tips at annual Home & Garden Show – Massillon Independent

Owners of local landscaping companies at the Stark County Home & Garden Show Saturday advised people what they could do to prepare their gardens for spring.

CANTON  With temperatures not yet consistently above 50 degrees, Curt Minor, the owner of Naturescapes Design in Perry Township, preached patience to local gardeners Saturday at the Stark County Home & Garden Show.

“You don’t want to rush, hoping your plants will start growing right away. Take your time with them. Don’t start fertilizing your yard yet. You’ve still got some bad season weather, so you’ve got to wait on that weather,” he said.

Numerous vendors advertised their products at the annual event, sponsored by The Canton Repository and the Building Industry Association of Stark County at the Stark County Fairgrounds. The event continues today.

Minor advised residents to delay installing plants outside to protect them from frost until certain flowering plants like fosythias are in bloom, which could occur within four weeks.

As it often takes more than 10 years for a perennial flowering plant or tree to grow, Minor said it was important to minimize mistakes like planting a sapling at the wrong time or the wrong location that could prematurely kill a costly plant.

But he said people can begin digging out flower beds and placing mulch on them. People can begin to prune dead branches and leaves and rake their yards to remove sticks and branches that can inhibit a plant’s development.

Mike Postiy, the owner of Postiy’s Landscaping and Excavating in Louisville, said certain trees, shrubs and bulbs can be planted in temperatures as low as 5 degrees. But he said it’s important not to place mulch above the crown of a plant or it could kill it.

“You really can’t mulch too early. I mean, you could do it now or you can wait two months. It’s whatever you want to do,” he said.

Brian Pittman, the owner of Aura Concrete and Landscaping in Canal Fulton, advised residents to dig flower beds in such a way so mulch won’t go onto the adjoining grass and kill the grass.

“As of right now, the best thing to do is go out and get everything trimmed off of the perennials. As the season’s changing, get the leaves out of your beds. Get all the debris out,” he said.

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