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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Another To-Do List

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There are quite a few things that can be done shortly. You need to finish up pruning chores in short order for deciduous trees and shrubs. Remember that most of the flowers and fruit come on two year old wood. Trees with high sap flow rates will tend to leak a lot of sap when pruned this time of year. Another item is to watch roses to determine when to start uncovering and pruning. Many recommend doing your pruning chores when forsythia is in bloom. Also, if you haven't uncovered strawberries, keep an eye on them. They should be uncovered when you see green leaves under the straw, and definitely when you see yellow material – that means you are just a little late. Keep the straw handy in case you need to re-cover them. Thanks Dan for the reminder on the berries!

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