Tips of the Month

January


  • Mulch bare soil
  • Remove grassy weeds
  • Fertilize Pansies and other winter annuals with organic fertilizer

February


  • Cut perennials, ornamental grasses, Liriope, Vinca Minor, Vinca Major, Purple Winter Creeper, and Asian Jasmine to the ground
  • Prune summer flowering shrubs & roses
  • Do not prune spring flowering shrubs
  • Fertilize with organic fertilizer
  • Remove winter weeds
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Prune trees

March


  • Test your sprinkler system to ensure it is in good operating condition
  • Fertilize all planting areas with organic fertilizer
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Plant Petunias and other cool season annuals

April


  • Plant seasonal color
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Mow regularly and leave clippings on the ground
  • Pinch off Chrysanthemum buds
  • Prune flowering shrubs after they have stopped blooming

May


  • Mow regularly and leave clippings on the ground
  • Mechanically aerate lawn
  • Plant seasonal color
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Pinch off Chrysanthemum buds

June


  • Prune away all dead and diseased wood
  • Release beneficial insects
  • Fertilize lawns and planting areas with organic fertilizer
  • Mulch Rose beds
  • Trim asters back by half to keep them tight until bloom time
  • Mow regularly and leave clippings on the ground
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Pinch of Chrysanthemum buds

July


  • Increase watering to match heat
  • Mow regularly and leave clippings on ground
  • Watch for red spider mites on Marigold, Junipers, and Verbena
  • Mulch bare areas
  • Prune dead or diseased wood

August


  • Install hardscapes and water features
  • Increase watering to match heat
  • Mow regularly and leave clippings on the ground
  • Mechanically aerate lawn
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Plant Zinnias and Marigolds for Fall color
  • Prune dead or diseased wood
  • Stop pinching off Chrysanthemum buds the first of the month

September


  • Mow as needed
  • Mulch bare soil
  • Last chance to hydromulch or seed Bermuda or Buffalo grass
  • Fertilize all potted plants with organic fertilizer
  • Prune dead or diseased wood
  • Fertilize all planting areas and lawn
  • Divide lillies

October


  • Plant seasonal color (Kale or Pansies)
  • Add mulch to bare areas
  • Mow once per week at three-and-a-half-inch height
  • Prune dead or diseased wood
  • Divide perennials
  • Pull up spent annuals
  • Force indoor bulbs
  • Plant cool season grasses such as Fescue and Rye

November


  • Mulch bare soil
  • Begin major tree pruning
  • Fertilize Pansies and other winter annuals with organic fertilizer
  • Remove dead and diseased leaves and wood
  • Sow wildflower seeds

December


  • Mow cool-season grasses and winter weeds
  • Prune and remove Mistletoe
  • Fertilize Pansies and other winter annuals with organic fertilizer