Beauty Spot Award Nominees Sought
The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2013 Beauty Spot Award, including residential, condominium, retail, hotel, motel, commercial, restaurant and Boardwalk. Only nominated properties will be judged. Help is needed by the Beautification Committee in finding those special properties that are evidence of civic pride and community beauty.
Taking a walk in Caine Woods section of Ocean City in the Spring time we found beautiful flowers and plants everywhere. Start looking in your neighborhood and nominate your favorites to OCBC for one of this years beautification award.
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
Recreation & Parks Horticulturist/Landscape Crew Leader
Unless your lawn is irrigated, grass is growing at a slow rate this month due to the lack of rainwater. Still maintain a proper mowing height – 3”, which is important for its survival through the summer (and to prevent excess weed growth)
Keep mower blades sharpened. Dull blades tear grass and can lead to disease problems
Water lawns 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
Many types of summer annual and perennial weeds are rapidly growing. They can easily be controlled by spot treatment of an herbicide labeled for broadleaf weeds
Grubs are best controlled in July with acelepryn and imidicloprid. Only use these chemicals where grub populations exceed 6-8 grubs per square foot of soil and if they are killing your lawn
Keep newly planted shrubs and trees well watered this summer! Give the root ball a good soaking every few days and apply a 2-3” layer of mulch. Keep mulch away from the trunk or stem
- Rhododendrons and azaleas can be fertilized at this time
Poison ivy is growing rapidly at this time. Spray with glyphosate or cut back stems and continue to do so to eradicate. Be careful with handling poison ivy!
Healthy shrubs and trees can be planted throughout summer as long as proper care is given to provide sufficient water and care. A very common planting mistake is planting too deep. Plant the root ball at the same level as it is in its container and apply 2-3” mulch.
Many pests and diseases are very active now and can be observed including aphids, bagworms, lace bugs, mites, leafhoppers, scale, leaf miners, sawflies, and slugs. Not all pests pose threat to ornamentals and do not require treatment where other insect infestations may require treatment of a horticultural oil or systemic insecticide. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service Office for tips to control insects and disease. They are an excellent resource!
Diseases such as powdery mildew, blight, anthracnose and galls can also exist now. Again, contact you local Cooperative Extension Service for the best advice
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
Cut back spring bulb foliage if it has died back. Keeping the green foliage is critical for nutrient absorption for the following year. Iris stalks can be cut to the ground when blooms are over
Practice proper weed control! Many weeds are flowering and setting seed. Pulling weeds will minimize future weed problems. Applications of glyphosate are also helpful
Pinch the flower buds of asters, mums, and other fall blooming perennials to keep the plants bushy and prevent early flowering
Pinch or cut back trailing annuals to prevent them from getting “leggy”
Attract beneficial insects to your gardens by planting a wide variety of annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season.
Pests, insects, and diseases are prevalent now. Monitor vegetation for populations and new signs or symptoms of damage. Cultural and environmental factors cause many of the plant problems in home landscapes. Be sure to proper identify the source of the problem and carefully choose the correct practice for treating or controlling the problem. Your local Cooperative Extension Service can provide the proper advice and assistance
As air and water temperatures continue to warm up, algae growth will also continue to increase. Planting aquatic plants to cover 60% of the pond’s surface to also reduce algae growth
If fish are present and algaecides are used, be careful to not kill the algae too quickly. Sudden decomposition of the algae can significantly lower oxygen levels and asphyxiate the fish. This also holds true of pond plant decomposition. Aerating the pond with a fountain or waterfall can help prevent this from happening
- Now is a good time to divide crowded aquatic plants
Soil, Fertilizer, Mulch, and Compost
Adding organic matter like composted leaves, grass clippings, and manure will improve soil structure and attract earthworms (which are a sign of healthy soil)
Now is a good time to have your soil tested if you have not done so for several years
Fertilize plants according to their specific needs and based on soil test recommendations. Trees are typically fertilized after they drop their leaves in the fall. Fescue lawns are best fertilized in the fall as well
Do not fertilize ornamental garden plants that appear healthy and productive. Over fertilizing produces weak growth and can encourage sucking insects like scale and aphids
Keep fertilizers off hard surfaces to prevent runoff in the Chesapeake Bay
Make sure mulch is applied to protect plant crowns and shallow root systems. Apply at 2-3” and keep away from direct contact with shrub and tree trunks. Do not build mulch volcanoes around trees!
Mix or turn compost piles to speed decomposition. If your pile is overly wet, incorporate straw, leaves, or shredded newspaper. If it is dry, add enough water to just moisten. Compost piles should be at least one cubic yard to heat up properly and decompose plant material
Keep woody sticks, stems, and roots out of your compost since they take too long to breakdown and turn the compost pile
Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Control weeds by laying down newspaper with straw, mulch, or mulched leaves
Keep tomatoes and pole beans staked to provide proper support
Cut back herbs as they begin to flower to keep plants bushy and productive
- Keep vegetables and herbs well watered during dry weather
Many pests, insects, and diseases are present now. Spinosad is an excellent organic insecticide for control of beetles, caterpillars, and leaf miners. Insecticidal soaps and oils will kill aphids, spider mites and whiteflies. Again, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service to provide proper control methods
Mayor Meehan presents a Proclamation
Designating April 26, 2013 as Arbor Day.
(Jennifer Albright, Donna Greenwood, Mayor Rick Meehan)
Park Luncheon 2013
The Beautification Committee gave a luncheon to park workers in order to thank them for all the work they do decorating for Winterfest.
Ocean City Beautification Committee is grateful for all Gregory Purrnell Sr. has done for them and Ocean City and wishes him a grand retirement.
Northside Park Entrance. Must see how beautiful our park looks.
Thanks to our dedicated park workers.
Congratulations to everyone!
These lilies are from Rita and Bill Chapman' s yard. Every year their lilies are the first sign of Spring. They are past recipients of Beauty Spot awards.The Ocean City Beautification Committee will be around to judge this year's nominations. The deadline to nominate a property in Ocean City is July 5. For more information visit our Beauty Spot Awards page.
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.
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. Read more about our Memory Benches.
Gregory D. Purnell Sr. retired as Ocean City’s Town Arborist after 34 years of active service. He had a grand party with many friends and admirers attending. The Ocean City Beautification Committee had the honor to work with this man on many projects. We know he will continue to do good and will keep him in our lives.