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John Fulton
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Pruning Trees and Shrubs and Timing Crabgrass Preventative Treatments

Posted by John Fulton -

Another warm weather phenomenon is the advancing of the trees and shrubs. Pruning times have pretty well slipped by us for dormant pruning. The next group of shrubs to prune will be the flowering group after they get done flowering. This timing helps maximize the blooms the following year. Forsythia is an indicator for crabgrass germination, so it is about time to get preventative treatments on. Remember, if you are putting down new seed this spring, no crabgrass treatments should be applied. If you aren't controlling crabgrass, it is time to finish up new seedings and the intrusive operations such as dethatching and core aeration.

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