Phone: 410-250-0125 – Address: 200 125th St. – Ocean City, MD
Ocean City’s Arbor Day Celebration planned for April 24
(April 14, 2015) – The Town of Ocean City celebrates Arbor Day on Friday, April 24 at Northside Park, 125th Street bayside. Second grade classes from Ocean City Elementary School will present skits, poems, songs and artwork to show the importance of trees in our environment.
For over 25 years, the Ocean City Beautification Committee has partnered with the students to bring this program to the community. Also during the celebration, the Mayor and City Council will be presented with two prestigious awards. The first is the National Arbor Day Foundation’s “Tree City USA” award, which the town has received for the past 25 years. Ocean City was the first barrier island in the country to receive this award. The second is the Maryland Community Forest and the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service’s Maryland P.L.A.N.T. (People Loving and Nurturing Trees) Community Award, which Ocean City has received since the program’s inception 23 years ago.
The highlight of the event is when students assist the Mayor and Council in planting a tree at Northside Park as part of the Beautification Committee’s TreeMendous Program. The celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Northside Park community room with light refreshments. The festivities then move outdoors where the ceremony takes place weather permitting. The celebration kicks off with the presentation of the flags by the American Legion Color Guard. Following the tree planting, the students will enjoy demonstrations by the Ocean City Police Department’s mounted police and K-9 units.
All citizens and visitors are invited to join the Mayor and Council along with the Beautification Committee for this long-standing tradition. For more information, call Donna Greenwood, Beautification Committee Chairperson, at 410-289-7060.
View photos from 2014 Arbor Day at:
by: Julie Golightly, CPH
- Over seeding can still be done in April. Ensure good seed to soil contact and cover the area lightly with straw and water daily until germination.
- 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.
- April is a good time to plant new or transplant existing trees and shrubs. Do not prune or top a newly planted tree!
- Non-flowering trees and shrubs can be pruned before new growth. Remove dead, broken, or diseased branches and make any necessary cosmetic cuts. Prune out any winter burn damage from evergreens. It is not necessary to paint pruning wounds…dressings can impede the natural healing process.
- Prune roses now. As they are budding you can easily determine dead vs. live wood. Roses should also be fertilized with a balanced fertilizer.
- 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.
- Inspect for bagworms, and eggs of gypsy moths, Eastern tent caterpillars, spider mites, and aphids. If you notice infestations of scale insects on woody vegetation, treat with dormant horticultural oil. Spray only if temperatures are above 40degrees and temperatures remain above freezing for 24 hours.
Herbaceous Ornamental Plants
- Most spring bulbs are now flowering. Remove spent blooms but do not remove the bulb foliage until it dies back naturally. The green leaves absorb nutrients for the bulb to store.
- Continue to divide and transplant perennials.
- Nurseries now have early emergent perennials in stock. These can safely be planted in April.
- As water temperatures warm up, algae will begin to grow. Make sure dead leaves and debris are cleaned out of pond to prevent excess algae growth.
- 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.
- Divide aquatic plants if necessary and replant.
Soil, Mulch, and Compost
- Now is still a good time to have soil tested and amended. Only amend and incorporate materials when the soil is dry enough to work.
- 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
- This is a good time to incorporate organic matter into your vegetable garden.
- Complete your garden plans and order seeds.
- Cool weather greens and vegetables can be planted.
- Herb seeds and summer vegetable seeds can be started indoors.
OCBC was happy to once again host a luncheon for the park workers who worked so hard getting our Northside Park ready for Winterfest. This year we celebrated the attendance was an all time high.
We had homemade soup, sandwiches, salads, chips, soft drinks, desserts and a great time. See pictures
Ocean City Beautification Committee was pleased to have a display at the Mayor and City Council 19th Open House at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.
It was fun looking through old scrapbooks with pictures of pass activities. We had a banner given to us by the Arbor Day Foundation for 25 year of service. We had a poster showing some of our projects.
The water feature the workers are building at the entrance of the convention is being paid for from our Reflections of Life project.
2014 Decorating City Hall
Ocean City Beautification Committee recently added a lovely new pergola at City Hall.