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Tips & Hints > Ashbury Landscaping Spring & early Summer garden care tips

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March & April…

Trees & Shrubs…
  •  Inspect your trees and shrubs for evidence of winter damage.  When the risk of heavy snow and freezing temperatures has past, remove any protective coverings.  Prune any damaged limbs from trees and branches from shrubs.  Fertilize your shrubs and perennial plantings with a good quality fertilizer.
  •   Inspect for scale and other pests and infestations, and if needed, use the appropriate method to control them.  If you planted trees and shrubs in the Fall, be sure to keep them well watered…they’re very vulnerable to drying out at this time of year.

May…
  •   Prune shrubs and trees as required.  Remember to prune immediately after flowering. Prune to shape them, if desired.  Water when needed.

June…

Trees & Shrubs…
  •   Remove any faded flower heads from Rhododendrons by the end of the first week of June. Inspect your trees and shrubs for insects. If you find any, apply the appropriate control. Use environmentally friendly products whenever possible.  If you must resort to other  chemicals, carefully follow the label directions. Don’t exceed the recommended dosage or application rate with any of the products you use, because doing  so won’t kill the pests any faster, and will do a lot of harm to the environment, and possibly your plants.  Remember to always wear protective clothing, keeping children and pets well away, and don't breathe in any of the dust or mist an application may create.

For Annuals & Perennials…
  •   Keep flower beds free of weeds. Water as needed.
  •   Let tulips and other flowering bulbs die back naturally. Cut them back if they become too unsightly, but never less than 8 inches above the ground. Don’t remove the leaves until they’re dead – doing so will increase the risk killing the bulb.

Tip…

Having problems with animals digging in your shrub and flower beds? Try covering the exposed soil with a wire mesh (with openings no larger than about an inch). Anchor it so it can’t be easily pulled up. This mesh will mostly be hidden by the leaves of plants and shrubs, and it leaves the animals no place to dig. You can also cover it with mulch or bark chips, but animals will often try to dig in this too.

Questions?

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