Just moved into a new home and don't know what the previous owners have planted in the landscaping Please Help

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My husband and I just moved into a new home and the previous owners landscaped the front of the yard, now it is spring and I don't know if things need to be cut back etc. I am new to gardening so I have no clue what I need to do. There are some green stems starting to come up (maybe tulips?) that I think should be okay and will just grow in. But there are also a few of what look like bushes, but they are not woody and you can see that they had flowered last summer and they are obviously dead now but I don't know what they are. Any suggestions of what they might be would be greatly appreciated, also any advice on what if anything I need to do to them would be great. I am just totally clueless about gardening, so any advice on what to do in the spring to landscaping would be great.

I think your best bet is to get a professional landscaper to come to your home and tour your yard to see what you have and to teach you what to do, that is if you can afford to do that. Maybe take a pencil and paper and make a grid of your yard and as he tells you what the plant is make a note of where its location so in the future you can reference back to it. The same with any shrubs or trees and if and when they need to be pruned.
If you can't afford such a service then take a moment to think about who you know and their knowledge of flowers and shrubs. Maybe a Grandparent or Aunt? There is a wealth of free knowledge in alot of the people you know if you just stop and think about it a minute. They could do the same walk thru of your yard and maybe tell you what you've got and how to care for it.
Good luck on a successful and beautiful landscape!!

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  1. Barbara R Says:

    OH, how exciting! To be able to sit back and watch the flowers grow…it will be like a birthday gift to you every day. Nothing has to be done right now, no pruning, etc., just sit back and watch to see what you have. If there are things you want to change, it can be done in the fall and then everything will have your personal touch to it.

    Just enjoy the fruit of another's labors for a while. The bushes are not dead, they are dormant, wait until they start to bud, it will be fun.
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  2. bethany Says:

    i would go to your local library and check out a book the librarian should be able to help find what you need
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  3. Lisa B Says:

    I think your best bet is to get a professional landscaper to come to your home and tour your yard to see what you have and to teach you what to do, that is if you can afford to do that. Maybe take a pencil and paper and make a grid of your yard and as he tells you what the plant is make a note of where its location so in the future you can reference back to it. The same with any shrubs or trees and if and when they need to be pruned.
    If you can't afford such a service then take a moment to think about who you know and their knowledge of flowers and shrubs. Maybe a Grandparent or Aunt? There is a wealth of free knowledge in alot of the people you know if you just stop and think about it a minute. They could do the same walk thru of your yard and maybe tell you what you've got and how to care for it.
    Good luck on a successful and beautiful landscape!!
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  4. SA Writer Says:

    Pruning, cutbacks, and such are typically autumn activities. Just sit back and watch the plants and flowers grow this year. Trim any unruly plants as needed. By summer, you'll know what you like and don't like. Then, next fall, dig out what you don't want and plan to plant anew next spring.
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  5. house b Says:

    can you post what zone you're in or even what city/state? depending on what area of the country you're in and what zone, i think it would be advisable to buy a good book for plants in your area. i'm in the south east and can recommend several that i use but if you're not in the SE then that won't help. usually there are good books with title that say something like 'impossible to kill' or 'bulletproofplants'.

    the point is, to me anyway, let this stuff come back and grow. if you like it, keep it. if you don't, get rid of it. i learned in horticulture class that a weed is anything you dont' want in your garden – could be crabgrass, could be roses.
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  6. Lowell R Says:

    Ask the previous owners. if they did it themselves they would enjoy sharing their expertise There is a possibility they had the work done by a pro and you can ask that company out to 'show and tell' they would be glad because you would be influenced to use their services for any additions or care.
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    I would be glad to help if I were the previous owner. I would also like the opportunity to maybe court a new client if I had a landscape business.
    if this is the best answer you get score it please

  7. John16 Says:

    Oh I agree with the first girl. Just sit back and see what happens.

    Those bushes will prob come back. A lot of fleshy type plants like Bleeding Hearts

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/trenton/11907226/

    completely die back to its roots then re-emerge in the spring twice as big as last year.
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  8. Allison T Says:

    What fun you are going to have. Gardening is a joy and a wonderful stress reliever. Just let this garden grow and see what you have. As new plants emerge identify them through leaves and flowers. You will have fun. Once you identify the plants in your yard each will have specific needs – water, mulch, fertilizer, etc. These answers can be found for most plants at your local nursery or on the internet. Enjoy spring!
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  9. Suz Says:

    Once the plants come up, take a clipping or a picture of them to the local horticultural society. I know in NJ that ours is run by the state college, Rutgers. There is also a very helpful Garden Club in our town that helped me a bunch. Check your local cable TV station or town recreation committee for more info on local Garden Clubs. They gave me some crazy tips (but it worked) on weeds in our area. HTH.
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  10. Daisyduker Says:

    You are in for a treat. You need to wait at least another month to see what "pops" up in your yard. Remember, some plants that look dead are only "asleep." That is the term the nursery tells me is correct. Just cut back the plants without any leaves on them to help the plants come back healthier. Also, get yourself some good soil to place in your beds, to provide them the nutrients they need.

    I am thrilled for you that you have a new home.
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