Beautification Committee


by: Julie Golightly, CPH


  • Leaves that fall on the lawn can be shredded with a lawn mower and left to decompose naturally if less than 1” depth

  • Weeds can still be controlled if temperatures stay in the 60’s

Woody Ornamentals

  • Nursery stock (container or balled and burlapped) deciduous trees and shrubs can be planted until the ground freezes

  • Fertilize newly planted and young trees and shrubs

  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead and/or diseased branches and make any necessary cosmetic cuts. Wait until dormancy to perform corrective and other cosmetic pruning. Do not prune spring flowering shrubs!

Herbaceous Ornamental Plants

  • There is still time to plant spring flowering bulbs

  • Begin cutting back dead flower stalks to the ground to clean up gardens…or leave for birds and other wildlife to enjoy the seed heads

Pond/Water Gardens

  • Cut back any dead or decaying pond plants and remove leaves. Decomposing matter can produce harmful gases and deplete oxygen for pond fish

  • Stop feeding fish if water temperatures drop below 50º. Fish can not properly metabolize food at these temperatures and can hurt and/or kill fish

Vegetable and Herb Gardening

  • This is a good time to incorporate organic matter into your vegetable garden

  • Cool-season greens that have already germinated can be protected with a cold frame or floating row cover. Be sure to vent on sunny, warm days!

  • Root vegetables can be over-wintered by covering the plants with a deep straw or leaf mulch. Pull as needed

  • Herbs brought indoors should be placed in strong direct sunlight and kept away from drafts. Remove dead and weak herb plants from the garden. Store dried herbs in a cool, dark location

Soil, Mulch, and Water

  • Do not begin to mulch perennials until after the first hard freeze. This will help keep the soil cold to prevent freezing and thawing extremes that result in heaving
  • Keep transplants and newly planted trees, shrubs, and herbaceous ornamentals watered during dry periods until the ground freezes



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Ocean City Beautification Committee recently added a lovely new pergola at City Hall.

City Hall Pergola



Beauty Spot Award nominees sought

The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2014 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.

Arbor Day Celebration at Northside Park

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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.

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TreeMendous Benches

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. 

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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.

Memory Benches

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.

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Josie's flower garden Fall 2013


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.