Garden Tips

March-April (While still dormant/before leaves begin to emerge)

  • Finish dormant pruning of fruit and ornamental trees.
  • Remove black-knot swellings from plum, chokecherry and cherry trees, disinfect pruning tools
  • Remove tree wrap from trees; consider using a protector for mowers and weed whips
  • As weather warms, remove winter mulch from roses, perennials and bulbs
  • As bulbs start to emerge, begin to feed with a liquid fertilizer
  • Divide and replant overgrown perennials
  • Prune hedges and summer flowering shrubs
  • Till and amend garden areas. Consider using composted manure and/or leaves and peat moss.
  • Apply fresh mulch around trees and shrubs
  • As the soil warms, fertilizer trees and shrubs. We recommend a slow release fertilizer, be sure to read the label.
  • Cut back any foliage from perennials from the past seasons. Use care with grasses. These usually start early and any emerging tips can be easily damaged.
  • Use a dormant oil spray when daytime temperatures are above 40. This fantastic product will smother overwintering insects and reduce disease during the upcoming season. Easy to use and organic.

May