Lavender Grosso Has Become Woody

Question From: Baldwin, New York, United States
Q: had my lavendar grosso in since June 2013. It blooms great each year but it has gotten so woody, is this normal? Th .

A: You need to cut it back by 2/3rds in spring when the stems show tiny buds of green. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy

Q: this is about the ph Does nitrogen benefit the foliage Phosphate benefit the blooms And potassium the roots? Have a problem finding the correct and simplified answer. Thx.

A: Nitrogen stimulates plant growth. Phosphorous is said to encourage root growth and potassium stimulates flowering and fruit growth. That's the simple explanation. For an in depth explanation Google "benefits of each nutrient for plants." Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy

Comment: I want to move my 3 yr old gold mound spirea. I live in zone 7A. If I can move it this fall should I cut it down at all before I move it or move it the height it is now? Or should I wait and move it in the spring? Thx.

Response: Now is a good time to move this shrub. Just be sure to plant it at the same level in the soil and keep it watered until the soil freezes. I would prune it in late winter or very early spring. Do not fertilize it when you move it. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy