It is too late in the season to reseed your lawn. However, you can repair small bare spots if you are diligent about watering the young grass until well established
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
- If your spring flowering shrubs are growing too large you can prune them after they bloom. Also, fertilize after blooming if needed
Non-flowering trees and shrubs can be pruned to remove dead, broken, or diseased branches. Prune out any winter burn damage from evergreens. It is not necessary to paint pruning wounds…dressings can impede the natural healing process
If your roses are prone to black spot, begin spraying with a fungicide when leaves are fully expanded. Knock out Roses are black spot disease resistant and ever blooming
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
Many insects can be observed now including mites, lace bugs, leafhoppers, scale, Eastern tent caterpillars, leaf miners, aphids, gypsy moths, sawflies, and cankerworms. Not all insects 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
Begin planting summer annuals. Purchase those with a healthy root system and gently break up the roots of root bound plants and transplants. Summer bulbs can also be planted now
- Continue to divide and transplant perennials. Nurseries now a plentiful selection of perennials in stock
Starter fertilizers can be applied to spring flowers. The fertilizer label will have three numbers. The middle number (phosphorus) should be the highest in order to build a healthy root system
Leave the foliage of spring bulbs alone until the top green growth dies back. The green foliage produces food for the bulb to store
As water temperatures warm up, algae will rapidly begin to grow. Make sure dead leaves and debris are cleaned out of pond to prevent excess algae growth. Consider treatments of beneficial bacterial to reduce algae growth
Plant aquatic plants to cover 60% of the pond’s surface to also reduce algae growth
- Do not feed fish until water temperature is at least 50. 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
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
Begin setting out transplants of warm season crops and prepare to cover if frost is expected. Plant after frost-free date
Pinch off flower blooms off of transplants so more energy can be directed to root development
- Keep an eye on pests, insects, and diseases. Contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for 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.