ANIMAL DAMAGE: Late Winter / Early Spring, walk your yard and look for any animal damage that may have occurred. You can still apply repellents to discourage further damage.
DORMANT OIL: Late Winter / Early Spring is the time to be applying Dormant Oil to your fruit trees. Remember to apply before buds open but when temperatures will stay above freezing for at least 24 hours applications.
WINTER BURN on evergreens such as pine, spruce, arborvitae, junipers, holly and boxwood is a common occurrence late winter and early spring. It is characterized by brown or bronze colored needles or leaves. Before you pull your plants out, please be aware that this will usually clear up once temperatures moderate and growth begins. One way to determine if it’s simply winter burn and not more serious is to look for the beginning buds along the branches. The buds should be soft and green inside if pulled apart. Another test is to gently scrape a small area of bark on a couple of different branches. Again, you should find green underneath. If you’re unable to find any green, please give us a call so we can advise you on what steps to take next
POINSETTIA CARE: Place poinsettia plants wisely, so they will look good as long as possible. A windowsill location that gets six house of light (but not direct sunlight) per day is ideal. Avoid drafty areas and temperatures under 70 degrees Fahrenheit or so. A spot close to a heat source, however, dries out the plant and causes the flowers (actually, colorful bracts) to fade.
FALL WEED CONTROL: Fall is an excellent time to get rid of those pesky weeds, especially the perennial weeds that will over-winter and come back strong and vigorous next spring. Use Roundup in flower beds and gardens where you have desirable plants. Be careful to NOT let any drift hit anything you want to keep. In the lawn, Trimec or Weed-B-Gon works very well. You can also use a granular weed-n-feed.
MUMS: Use Mums for beautiful fall color. They come in shades of yellow, burgundy, white, pink and orange and can be planted in the ground or placed in pots to dress up your porch or deck.
FERTILIZE TREES AND SHRUBS LATE OCTOBER/EARLY NOVEMBER: Your trees and shrubs will benefit from a late feeding. Roots actively pull up moisture and nutrients until the ground freezes, meaning that fertilizing late will give them a stored up boost for next spring. Be sure to wait until late October or early November when everything has gone dormant. Feeding before dormancy will cause soft tissue to carry into the winter and will result in tissue damage on stems.
PERENNIAL CLEANUP: Once perennials start to look spent and tired you may start thinking about cleaning them up. You can cut back now or in the spring. Some like to leave perennials until spring because they look pretty with snow and from on them and can also provide cover to wildlife.