Originally posted 8-23-11
|Digger sometimes digs.|
Problem ShrubOur attention has turned to these poor, neglected shrubs. Actually, there's a good reason they've been neglected. You know, they call me "Digger" for a reason. Amoungst these once lovely shrubs is where I gained my reputation as an accomplished digger.
I dug up the landscaping cloth, buried the mulch, made semi-permanent holes - basically creating a big mess. When I saw Kayce walk away in disgust last year, I had a feeling these shrubs were going to the back burner.
But, I've turned over a new leaf (metaphorically speaking) and no longer dig holes. Well, for the most part. Occasionally, when it's hot and I've been banished to the yard for some indoor rules infraction, I have relapses. All in all, though, I'm leaving stuff alone. So it's not going to be wasted effort to bring these shrubs back to life.
|A shrub in need....|
First, we (Kayce) pulled out the vines that had overtaken the shrubs this rainy, hot summer. Then we (Kayce) sprinkled some Pure Black Castings™ and VermaMax® around the shrubs and washed it in. After a few days, we'll add a VermaPlex® drench.
|Does this shrub have time?|
Although it's getting late in the season, there should be time for the shrubs to put out some growth. Then, in the spring we'll add the castings/VermaMax®/VermaPlex® treatment.
I've promised to leave the shrubs alone from now on. When the urge to dig comes over me, there's always the planter in the front yard.