Landscape Calendar and Tips

Professional lawn care, plant health, pruning, fertilizing, insect & mite treatment, disease diagnosis and tree removal service are most effective when performed by experts with the experience and expertise necessary to do the job properly. However, there is plenty you can do yourself to turn your landscape into your own piece of paradise without the help of tree experts and lawn care professionals. You can use the month by month landscape care calendar below to remind you which tasks need to be performed and the optimal timing for each.

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  • Protect roses, figs and perennials with burlap screens
  • Prune evergreen branches for indoor winter decoration
  • Remove dead and damaged limbs from trees with maintenance pruning
  • Use sand or sawdust on walkways and driveways
Landscape Calendar and Tips - January
  • Schedule inspection of ornamentals and shrubs for scale insects
  • Prune late summer blooming trees, shrubs and vines
  • Order roses to replace lost or damaged ones
  • Remove heavy snow from trees and shrubs
Landscape Calendar and Tips - February
  • Prune fruit trees to enhance fruit production
  • Apply a follow-up antidesiccant
  • Schedule inspection of your tree cables and lightning protection systems
  • Assess landscape with your arborist
Landscape Calendar and Tips - March
  • Complete pruning before new growth begins
  • Remove all protective coverings and winter mulch
  • Cut back ornamental grasses to new shoots
  • Schedule spring fertilization for your trees and shrubs
Landscape Calendar and Tips - April
  • Schedule your spring fertilization and ArborKelp treatments
  • Plant hearty vegetables and bare root stock as soon as soil is workable
  • Complete fruit tree pruning and feature tree maintenance
  • Fertilize lawn with nutrients needed for health
  • Don’t forget to mulch your trees and shrubs
Landscape Calendar and Tips - May
  • Protect your family from Lyme disease with an integrated tick program
  • Plant new perennials and summer bulbs
  • Divide mums and other late bloomers
  • Plant annuals after last frost
  • Increase mowing frequency
Landscape Calendar and Tips - June
  • Prune hedges and shrubs
  • Harvest early crops, plant successions of salad and root crops
  • Cover ripening berries with netting to protect from birds
  • Divide spring bulbs that are crowding
  • Replant herb garden with new seedlings
  • Keep a close watch for pests and disease
Landscape Calendar and Tips - July
  • Hand prune spring flowering shrubs to maintain shape & stimulate growth
  • Weed gardens daily
  • Prune climbing roses to stimulate second bloom
  • Compensate for summer heat by treating plant roots with ArborKelp
  • Water lawn deeply and infrequently
Landscape Calendar and Tips - August
  • Keep fruit trees nourished and watered during summer months
  • Cut back old brambles when plants finish bearing fruit and vegetables
  • Order tree, shrub, perennial and bulb stock for fall planting
  • Treat roses if black spots appear / Give systemic root feeding
  • Sow perennials and biennials
  • Schedule hazard reduction pruning
Landscape Calendar and Tips - September
  • Slice seed, aerate and overseed bare spots in lawn
  • Plant new trees and shrubs
  • Schedule your fall fertilization treatment and other fall/winter tree service
  • Arrange a Storm Damage Prevention Audit
  • Water plants deeply in dry weather
  • Plan deer protection for broad-leaved evergreens
Landscape Calendar and Tips - October
  • Apply deer taste repellent to reduce browsing
  • Begin removing leaves and other insect harboring debris
  • Ask your arborist about deep root fertilization and other tree service
  • Plant and transplant shrubs
Landscape Calendar and Tips - November
  • Cable & brace trees to prevent storm damage
  • Prune back perennials
  • Protect susceptible evergreen plants from winter injury with antidesiccant
  • Continue mowing until grass stops growing
  • Apply winterizer to ensure a healthier, thick lawn next spring
  • Mulch evergreens before ground freezes
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