2014 Decorating City Hall
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
Lime can be applied as long as the ground is not frozen
Mow fallen leaves on turf areas to mulch. Leave in place if they do not exceed 1”. Otherwise, use in compost or to mulch garden beds
Be careful when using deicing products on sidewalks and driveways to keep them from getting onto the lawn, resulting in damage
Trees and shrubs can be pruned now to remove dead and diseased branches and to make cosmetic cuts
Evergreens can also be moderately pruned
Keep snow off of shrubs to prevent breakage
Trees and shrubs can be fertilized as long as the ground is not frozen
Nursery stock trees and shrubs can be safely planted until the ground freezes
It is too late to transplant trees and shrubs
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
If desired, leave seed/flower heads on perennials to provide winter food for birds or begin cutting dead stems and stalks to the ground for aesthetic appeal and to prevent harboring of insects and disease
Lift tender perennial bulbs and tubers from ground and store in sawdust or potting mix in a cool, dry location
Remove leaves and cover pond with screen or netting. Consider buying a deicer to keep an area of the pond from freezing to prevent buildup of gases and depletion of oxygen, which can kill fish
Soil, Mulch, Compost, and Water
- Now is a good time to have your soil tested
Bare soil is prone to erosion and nutrient run off. Cover with mulch or groundcover
Do not turn over or dig into wet soil. This can cause long term damage to the soil structure
Newly planted trees, shrubs, and ornamentals still need regular water if it is dry. This is especially important for evergreens
- The composting process slows down considerably when temperatures fall below 50º. However, continue turning compost pile and adding high nitrogen (green) and high carbon (brown) materials
Ocean City Beautification Committee recently added a lovely new pergola at City Hall.
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
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.
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.