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April 2014

Let’s prevent weeds!

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Now is a good time to apply a weed pre-emergent to your flower and plant beds. It prevents the germination of the weed seeds and depending upon the type used, can prevent the weed seeds from germinating for up to 6 months. For landscaping planting beds, we recommend the professional brand, Snap-Shot. Apply two times per year. Once now and once in July.

a lone weed pictured close-up in spring with blue sky blurry background

Now is the Time for a Spring Clean-Up

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     After a unusually long and hard winter, your landscaping might look a bit weathered (pun intended). Clean up any forgotten autumn leaves and spruce things up by applying new shredded bark. We recommend adding 2-4″ of new shredded bark over your faded and now decomposing mulch. Be sure to remove old mulch from the edges of sidewalks, driveway and near the tree trunks before adding new on top.

     Now is also a great time to replace or add plants to your landscape. As little as one new plant addition to your landscape can add a dramatic impact.

     How about pruning the perennials, plants, shrubs and trees in the landscape around your home. We recommend applying a general purpose granular fertilizer (14-14-14 or similar type) to help promote growth during the rain-filled spring and to encourage vigorous root growth. Vigorous root growth helps sustain the plant during the possible summer droughts, in case they are not watered properly.

     Hot and dry weather is looking pretty good right now after the winter we just had. Let’s hope that some nice weather gets here soon.

We had a rough winter this year…

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     These young Dwarf Alberta Spruces were only partially protected from the winter wind (by surrounding the area with burlap), but still suffered damage. They should have been individually wrapped with burlap for proper protection. We will immediately fertilize with 14-14-14 solid granular fertilizer. After we have had a few days of warmer temperatures to thaw the ground (verified by greening grass), we will then fertilize with a liquid fertilizer (Miracle Grow). The ground needs to be warm enough for the liquid fertilizer to be absorbed into the plant properly, so please don’t apply too early. Typically two or three weeks after the thaw.

    These wind burned Alberta Spruce can come back. We will know when the new buds pop if the damaged branches are still alive. Burlapping in late fall or early winter provides good protection when used properly. These Dwarf Alberta Spruces should recover well after flushing on new growth in the spring, thanks to the help of the fertilizing and at least being partially protected.

     Lots of young and tender and as well as established plants were burned this winter by the cold and dry winds. The rabbits were hungry too. Pictured on the right is rabbit damage to 2 Dwarf Tina Sargent Crab trees. The rabbits chewed off the outer layer of bark. And were able to get so high up the trunk due to the driting snow. Wrapping the trunks with chicken wire or spraying them with Hinder would have had prevented this damage.