In response to requests from viewers of our sustainable landscaping programs, Extension Master Gardener Elaine Mills discusses gardening techniques with a focus on gardens with native plants. Following the cycle of the seasons, she covers such tasks as dealing with winter storm damage and salt; doing a soil test and interpreting results; winter and summer pruning of native trees and shrubs; planting, dividing, and cutting back native perennials, grasses, and sedges; dealing with summer flooding and drought; and making use of fall leaves. She also shares information on making wise selections of plants and choosing lawn alternatives as well as year-long practices to encourage and support local wildlife.
Zoom session, recorded January 20, 2023
Video of Presentation
- Caring for Your Native Plants Garden – Main Handout (pdf)
- Caring for Your Native Plants Garden – PowerPoint Slides (pdf)
- Caring for Your Native Plants Garden – Post Class Addendum (pdf)