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.
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
Recreation & Parks Horticulturist/Landscape Crew Leader
Over seed thin or bare areas in lawn from February through March. The freezing and thawing of the soil helps the seed get good soil contact. Snowfall over top of seed will not harm it
- Keep ice melting products off of lawn to prevent damage
Avoid walking on frozen grass. This damages the crown of the grass plants
Check the pH of lawn soil and adjust if needed
Trees and shrubs can still be pruned. Do not prune spring flowering ornamentals unless you need to reduce the number of blooms or size of the shrub
When buds swell on spring flowering shrubs, harvest a few branches for indoor forcing
January and February are the two most severe winter months for “winter burning” of evergreens. Protect by surrounding them with burlap windbreaks
Keep snow off of shrubs by gently sweeping in an upward motion
Winter burn is associated with dry soil. Expect some winter burning due to the dry summer and if plants were not properly watered during fall’s dry spells
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
Prune out damaged leaves and inspect susceptible plants for scale problems. Scale can be controlled with a dormant oil spray as long as temperatures remain above freezing for 24 hours after spraying
Continue cutting back perennials to clean up garden beds and remove debris
Use a deicer to prevent solid ice formation on the pond. This allows for good gas and oxygen exchange between the air and water so fish stay alive over the winter
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
Soil, Mulch, and Compost
Now is still a good time to have soil tested and amended
Keep all ice melting products and materials away from landscape plants. Builder’s or all purpose sand is a good alternative to improve traction
If you have not mulched your garden, apply mulch now to protect plant crowns and shallow root systems from severe cold weather injury
- Compost pile microbes are greatly reduced, although still active. Continue to add to your compost pile. Keep large sticks, roots, and woody stems out since they take too long to breakdown and make turning difficult
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.