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.