Well, Spring is definitely here and as you clean up your gardens, it is time to give your peonies some special care. First, be sure that any plant debris, winter mulch,etc is removed from around your peonies. Take some extra care to manage weeds around your peonies. If you have a lot of peonies and are not opposed to herbicides, a good per-emergent will go a long way to manage your weed issues. Also 2-4-D will knock out perennial weeds. You can even kill dandelions that invade the crown of your peony. Simply drip a few drops of 2-4-D into the center of the dandelion, right where the bud will form. This will kill the dandelion, but not hurt the peony.
This is also the time to feed your peonies. They will be expending a lot of energy over the next few weeks. Side dressing with 8-32-16 is important. We add a little super triple phosphate as well for strong stems. If it has been dry at your place like it has been here near Salcha, you should consider giving your fast growing peonies a good drink of water a couple times a week.
Now the only thing left to do is keep on top of weeds and wait for your beautiful blooms in July!