Nursery News

Early Spring Watering

There is still snow on the ground, but if we dry out and the top 4" of your soil is dry, water any plants younger than 5 years old (especially evergreens) until you resume your normal watering routine in the spring.

If you have any specific watering questions, please give us a call!

Spring Gardening Tips

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General Maintenance

  • Spring is a great time to top-dress your soil with compost and bark mulch.

    If you didn't fertilize in the fall, it is a good time to fertilize trees and shrubs with Ross Fertilizer Stakes.

  • Now is a great time to fertilize your landscape beds with Osmocote Fertilizer for worry-free season long coverage.

  • You can apply Tree & Shrub Systemic Insect Control for a full year of protection against insect pests.

  • Don't forget to apply a pre-emergent weed control such as Preen or Weed Impede for landscape beds and Bonide Weed Beater Complete for lawns.

What to Prune Now

  • If you haven't cut back perennials and ornamental grasses, be sure to do so now before the new growth emerges.

  • It is also a good time to prune most trees and shrubs, with the exception of spring-blooming trees and shrubs such as fruit trees, lilacs and hawthorns.

  • Prune shrub roses when buds are beginning to sweell to asses winter die-back. You can clean-up older roses by removing 1/3 of the oldest, thickest canes back to the ground.

What to Prune Later

  • Most evergreens can be pruned at any time, but if you desire a formal sheered look to your evergreens, prune after new growth has stopped, but before the new shoots harden (June).

  • Wait until leaves open up on maples, elms, birch and walnut trees to avoid excessive "bleeding" of sap. The bleeding is harmless, but unsightly.

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