After working with a client to design and create a stunning garden or landscape, I check in often. More often initially, and then a bit less frequently through the first year.
The success of a landscape is really mostly about a fantastic design, and then the ongoing maintenance of it over the long haul. While the installation is often the most exciting step in the process, it's not going to be successful unless it's cared for properly every month and for the years to come (and well designed in the first place).
We don't do garden maintenance at The Whiskey Porch, but I wanted to put together a series of garden keeping checklists to help keep you on track. Whether you are going to do it all yourself, or bring in a maintenance crew to do much of it for you, these monthly guides should be useful to you if you live in and around Prescott, AZ.
During this "dormant" season, don't be fooled into thinking that there's nothing going on in the garden over the winter! In fact, while the pace slows down significantly, this is often the best time to build the basis for a hugely successful and healthy landscape in the coming season. Plus, spreading out the work over several months makes it a bit less taxing on you.
All of these checklists are very specific to the micro-climate that I am in here in downtown Prescott. So, there will be slight variations for you depending on your specific location, as well as what you grow. Generally speaking, these lists will relate to USDA Zone 7b.
Each year can bring a slightly different cycle to the seasons. Sometimes we have our first hard freeze in late October, but most often not until early December. Keep this in mind when planning your monthly tasks.
These checklists apply generally to a landscape garden which includes primarily perennials, as well as veggies and herbs.
Let's get to it.
Hey there. I'm Miriam ~ and I've been doing this my whole life. It's my passion.