Deadheading 101 -- Deadhead rhododendrons and azaleas by cutting or pinching off spent flower trusses. This helps neaten their appearance and encourages future blooms
If wayward or damaged branches detract from an azalea's post-bloom appearance, prune immediately after flowering.
This is also a good time to plant azaleas. If possible, purchase plants in bloom to ensure you're getting the color you want.
When night temperatures stay reliably above 50 F, move overwintered houseplants and tropical plants outdoors. Tuck them in a shady spot for the growing season.
Use an all-purpose liquid fertilizer to stimulate fresh growth. Consider replacing the top inch or two of soil with a layer of compost. If you do this, don't apply a separate fertilizer.
Test Garden Tip: Apply slug bait and handpick slugs early in the season to try to control populations before they explode.
Continued on page 5: Planting and Pruning