• Inspect trees and shrubs for snow and ice damage. Prune and shape if needed.
• Plant shrubs as soon as they become available in the spring. Early is better to allow plants to become established before the warm summer months.
• Check irrigation systems for adequate coverage when it is turned on for the season.
• Remove excess mulch if it obscures the trunk flair of trees and shrubs by more than 3 inches.
• Apply mulch where needed to planting beds. Use 2-3 inches only. Do not over mulch!
• Prune recently flowered shrubs.
• Put tropical house plants stressed from winter, outside in late May. Initially put them into the shade and gradually move them into a sunnier location if required.
• Turn on water supply to outdoor spigots.
• Check irrigation for adequate coverage and saturation levels. Temporarily readjust or water by hand when experiencing drought like conditions. Remember, new plants will need individual attention regardless of irrigation due to a limited root system.
• Prune recently flowered shrubs so they will have time to regenerate flower buds for next year.
• Have your trees inspected for structural stability before the windy season.
• Bring in the house plants that have spent the summer outside.
• Mulch your trees and shrubs to help reduce winter desiccation (drying).
• Water dry trees and shrubs to prepare them for the long winter season.
• Plant bulbs for spring time flowers.
• Turn off water supply to outdoor spigots.
• Apply deer repellants. Deer feed on your ornamentals more in the winter than any other season.
• Apply anti-desiccants to new plants or plants prone to winter desiccation.
• Warn your snow plow operator of obstacles to avoid. Mark the drive with small posts to define drive area.
• Complete dormant season pruning of fruit trees, etc.
• Be sure to clear newly fallen snow off small trees and shrubs to prevent damage.
• Clear away snow from walks, etc. manually to reduce the amount of de icing products used.