- Make sure stakes are not rubbing the branches or trunks on your trees.
- Stakes can be removed after the first growing season in most instances. Wind prone areas may require a longer staking period.
- A certified arborist can provide large scale pruning when required.
- Both evergreen and deciduous trees need to be watered in the winter. Hand water every two to four weeks, depending on snowfall. Only water when the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. A good rule of thumb is 1 inch of rain/snow per month is sufficient for winter watering.
- A tree fertilization in the early spring will help achieve maximum growth.
- As soon as annuals begin to fade, pull them out of your garden and replace them with the appropriate seasonal choices.
Perennials and Shrubs
- Deadhead any flowers that have died on flowering perennials.
- Prune at least once a year to remove dead. dying or diseased limbs.
- Light pruning can be done to keep plants within boundaries and limit space.
- Never prune in the late fall, as pruning stimulates growth in a time when plants should be dormant.
- Winterizing beds requires clean-up of blackened stems that may be diseased and adding a layer of mulch, such as bark.
- Plants need water in the winter! Hand water woody plants every two to four weeks, depending on snowfall. Again, a good rule of thumb is 1 inch of snow/rain per month is sufficient for winter watering. Only water when the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit.