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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

To Do List

Posted by John Fulton -

· Finish up pruning deciduous trees and shrubs. Buds are beginning to swell on early species. Evergreens should be done in June, flowering shrubs after they flower, and oaks in December.

· Get prepared for the spring turf preparation season. The recommended dates for seeding, dethatching, and aerating run from March 15 to about April 1.

· Start your own transplants. The rule of thumb is to allow about six weeks before you want to set the plants outside. We are in zone 5b.

· Look for spruce spider mites. They begin by mottling needles. They are a major cause of dead areas in spruce tree foliage. Threat with a miticide if needed.

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