Just in time for spring, our gardening column is back! "The Garden View" takes a look at all aspects of working in the mud. This week, how to properly care for your trees and shrubs.
This time of year gardeners can get involved in planting flower and vegetable gardens and forget to think about the maintenance of trees and shrubs.
Here is a checklist to keep in mind for the health of your trees and shrubs:
- Inspect for insects and disease – if unsure how to treat, call an expert! Removal of leaves and debris beneath plants is beneficial.
- Prune dead and diseased branches or limbs.
- Brace or remove weak limbs.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs.
- Prune spring flowering shrubs, after they bloom.
Planting new trees? Select proper location for tree – take into consideration the amount of sun, soil conditions (is it dry, sandy, have proper drainage). Purchase native species that are accustom to the local climate. Don’t plant too deep. This can stress the tree and suffocate roots. The top of the root collar should be just above the soil.
This fall, remember preventive pruning and trimming can lower the risk of winter damage.
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