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When should I apply fertilizer to my plants?
Annuals and perennials: Fertilize every two weeks with an organic water soluble fertilizer or use compost to naturally fertilize; do not fertilize in mid to late fall.
Trees and shrubs: Fertilize with a organic or slow release granular fertilizer during spring and early fall per recom- mended rates (such as 20-20-20). Slow-release fertilizer tablets may also be reapplied.
Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Fertilize after blooming with a slow release fertilizer formulated specifically for these plants (such as 20-7-7). Also use a soil acidifier.
When should I prune my plants?
Evergreen trees and shrubs: These may be pruned from March -September. Dead, damaged, or diseased branches should always be removed promptly. Call a certified arborist for large jobs.
Deciduous shrubs: Prune in late fall or early spring. Flowering shrubs that bloom on the previous season’s growth should be pruned after flowers are gone. Shrubs that bloom on this season’s growth should be pruned in early spring before new growth begins.
Azaleas and Rhododendrons: Prune after spring blooming has ended.
Deciduous trees: Prune during November to March while they are dormant, with the exception of Maples which require pruning during the summer.
Ornamental grasses: Cut grasses back to 3-6” in very early spring, usually around March 1.
Annuals and perennials: Remove spent blooms and trim as needed. Cut plants back after a hard frost or leave throughout winter, then cut back in early spring.
Spring bulbs: Cut foliage back after it has completely turned yellow. Mulch.
What steps should I take for weed control?
Use a 2-3” layer of mulch to help prevent weeds. Corn gluten or granular weed preventer should be applied over the entire mulched bed every 60-90 days.
How should I edge my lawn?
Weed eat along the edge of the bed for routine clean up.
Edge the bed once a year by hand with a shovel or with a bed edger.
How often should I tend to the mulch in my beds?
Flip your mulch once in spring and once in fall; add mulch as necessary. The level should be 2-3".
How long should I keep my tree stakes in?
If you have trees that have been staked, all stakes and guy-wires must be removed in 8- 12 months. Failure to do so will result in permanent damage to the tree.
These are very general guidelines; you will need to adjust according to soil temperatures, season of the year, humidity, exposure.
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