Beatification Committee offering special rate for “Reflections of Life” display
The Ocean City Beautification Committee is once again presenting a special offer to the public for the committee’s Reflections of Life project. The project provides a distinctive means of recording important events and interests in the lives of individuals, their loved ones and businesses. Your gift of a bronze, silver or gold leaf will be mounted on the impressive “Reflections of Life” tree sculpture inside the lobby entrance of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. The leaves may be commemorated with any of the following suggestions: In Memory, In Tribute, In Celebration of an Anniversary or In Honor of a Graduation.
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
Recreation & Parks Horticulturist/Landscape Crew Leader
Over seeding can still be done in April. Ensure good seed to soil contact and cover the area lightly with straw and water daily until germination.
It is not a good idea to fertilize cool season turf in the spring unless your turf is weak and thin or if you did not fertilize in the fall. Fertilizing in the spring encourages rapid and tender growth that is more susceptible to insect and disease attacks. Keeping the soil at a pH between 6.0 – 7.0 is important for healthy lawns.
Broadleaf weeds will begin to appear this month. For extensive weed populations apply an herbicide labeled for broadleaf weeds. Spot treatments of liquid herbicide are more effective and less environmentally harmful than dry broadcast herbicides.
Plan on treating your lawn right this year. Sharpen lawn mower blades and service your mower. Keep mowing height at 3-4 inches and if watering, do so deeply and less frequently. You want to build strong, deep roots. These practices will reduce weeds, reduce the need for extra fertilizers and will build a healthy stand of roots and turf. This will greatly reduce the amount of fertilizers and herbicides needed.
April is a good time to plant new or transplant existing trees and shrubs. Do not prune or top a newly planted tree!
- Non-flowering trees and shrubs can be pruned before new growth. Remove dead, broken, or diseased branches and make any necessary cosmetic cuts. Prune out any winter burn damage from evergreens. It is not necessary to paint pruning wounds…dressings can impede the natural healing process.
Prune roses now. As they are budding you can easily determine dead vs. live wood. Roses should also be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer.
Plan on proper planting and transplanting methods. Avoid working with wet soil and planting in compacted or poor soil. Purchase plants with healthy root systems and avoid planting too deep. Stake any newly planted trees only if winds and soft, saturated soils leave them tilting.
Inspect for bagworms, and eggs of gypsy moths, Eastern tent caterpillars, spider mites, and aphids. If you notice infestations of scale insects on woody vegetation, treat with dormant horticultural oil. Spray only if temperatures are above 40degrees and temperatures remain above freezing for 24 hours.
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
Most spring bulbs are now flowering. Remove spent blooms but do not remove the bulb foliage until it dies back naturally. The green leaves absorb nutrients for the bulb to store.
Continue to divide and transplant perennials.
- Nurseries now have early emergent perennials in stock. These can safely be planted in April.
As water temperatures warm up, algae will begin to grow. Make sure dead leaves and debris are cleaned out of pond to prevent excess algae growth.
Do not feed fish until water temperature is at least 50 degrees. Their metabolism shuts down in cooler temperatures and food will not digest resulting in illness or death.
Divide aquatic plants if necessary and replant.
Soil, Mulch, and Compost
Now is still a good time to have soil tested and amended. Only amend and incorporate materials when the soil is dry enough to work.
Do not aerate, dig, or disturb soil when wet. This leads to greater compaction and doing so can result in long term damage of soil structure.
If you have not mulched your garden, apply mulch now to protect plant crowns and shallow root systems from severe cold weather injury. Apply mulch at 2-3 inches and keep away from direct contact with shrub and tree trunks. Do not build mulch volcanoes around trees!
Avoid the use of excess fertilizers. Most plants get adequate nutrition from healthy soil rich with organic matter.
Mix or turn compost piles to speed decomposition. If your pile is overly wet, incorporate straw, leaves, or shredded newspaper. Compost piles should be at least one cubic yard to heat up properly.
Vegetable and Herb Gardening
- This is a good time to incorporate organic matter into your vegetable garden.
Complete your garden plans and order seeds.
Cool weather greens and vegetables can be planted.
Herb seeds and summer vegetable seeds can be started indoors.
Would you like to remember or honor a loved one or friend with a bench in Ocean City? The Ocean City Beautification Committee has a number of TreMendous benches in the smaller parks around town ready for adoption.
The following are locations where you can find these benches.
- Robin Park
- Little Salisbury Park
- Jamestown Road Park
- Fiesta Park
- Convention Center
Should you have any questions, you may call the chairman of the committee, Donna Greenwood at 410-289-7060.
Park Bench in Gorman Park was recently dedicated to Kevin Hall. He was the mail carrier in this area. There are a few benches available. If you are interested in dedicating a bench, contact us.
Ocean City Beautification Committee Gives Luncheon to Park Workers
Good time was had by all at the luncheon given by OCBC for the park employees that worked on the beautiful lights this Christmas season. The luncheon was held at Northside Park on January 24th which was a very cold day. We had hot soup made by Steve Genua, homemade cookies baked by Joyce Melocik. We also had an assortment of sandwiches and salads purchased from Montego Bay Supermarket.
Josie Argentino has won a few Beautification Awards in the past. We only give these awards once a year and we judge them in July. There are lots of properties that look beautiful year round. This is just one of them. We invite you to take a walk and appreciate the work that is done by our citizens.