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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

Press Release: Beauty Spot Award Nominees Sought

The Ocean City Beautification Committee is seeking nominations in eight categories in which someone can win a 2015 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……Read More

View photos from our 2015 Arbor Day Celebration & More Photos Here

Park Luncheon

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.

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2014 Decorating City Hall

View our photos here

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