A bit earlier start than usual at The Backyard Nursery but hey I’ll take it usually covered with snow but not this year. These are Happy Returns Daylilies and they are waking up so time to clean up the pots and get them ready to grow.
Clearing off all last years dead growth will speed up the growth and let these plants fill in the pots quickly I will give them a shot of slow release fertilizer and a pre-emergent herbicide.
As you can see it makes a large difference it does not take very long to do a pot but there are still 350 more waiting for my attention.
Of course you can not run a backyard nursery with just 350 daylillies for sale so when those are done I will be working on the iris, coral bells, boxwood’s, mock orange, spiraea, and a dozen other group of cuttings that are needing transplanting.
So there are hundreds and hundreds of more plants to take care of and get ready for the upcoming growing season.
With the coming of Spring the irrigation will need to be turned on and checked so that the plants will receive adequate moisture and having an irrigation system saves countless hours of hand watering.
Aside from the work in the backyard nursery the rest of the yard needs to be straighten and cleaned up. I will be having a nursery inspection some time in April and I need to be sure that everything will meet State standards.
Sometimes it seems like you will never get done your muscle aches and your feet hurt but a quick walk around the nursery and you are right back at it it is kind of addicting, I love this work and I love what I do so in the end it really is not work.
With Spring coming early this year in the Chicago area it won’t be too long before you will be out working in your own yards.