Early Spring Creates Pleasant Surprises ...and some work
Cornus alternifolia 'Golden Shadows'
Spring has come early this year. Its March and the temperatures are more like May or June. Temperatures have forced the buds to open early and leaves begun to unfold. The forsythia is in full bloom, daffodils are up and its time to put down the lawn fertilizer with crabgrass preventer. I am not one to use lots of fertilizer, so this application of preventer and fertilizer may be all I do until fall. Trees and shrubs will get an application of Espoma products, Holly-tone, Plant-tone....
Sassafras albidum male flower www.missouriplants.com
Roots have begun to grow and if that tree or shrub is not planted where you want it, now is the time to transplant it . Don't wait too long, or you may risk damaging the newly formed feeder roots. It seems like each year I put off this chore. As I get older the thought of moving large shrubs gets less appealing.
This native Sassafras tree grows wild in a tree line next to my house. Flowers are not fragrant but are a pleasant surprise in the spring. Leaves come in different shapes, check out the link.
It does not take long for these hosta leaves to open up fully .