February tips for the landscape
The days are getting longer! Holidays are over, and now maybe there’s a little time to enjoy a nice walk around your yard to get a breath of fresh air and to observe your trees and shrubs. Without leaves, trees are a lot easier to assess. If you notice large trees with sections of the bark missing, you might be looking at damage by emerald ash borer.
Meanwhile, February is a great time for the following:
Continue to prune shrubs. It is still time to trim your holly trees and enjoy the branches indoors for color.
Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
Cut back deciduous grasses
Trim fruit trees to enhance fruit production. Trim back over- extended branches to reduce weight so that the limbs do not break under the weight of fruit
Check for rodent damage around the trunks of your trees and shrubs. Leaving a space between the layer of mulch and the tree’s trunk can help discourage mice and rabbits from making you tree or shrub a chewing toy.
Assess your landscape with a certificated arborist for your spring needs. This is especially important if you notice dead trees, trees with excessive lean, or trees that just don’t look right.
Keep your eyes open for the spring bulbs that are starting to emerge such as crocus, snowdrops and daffodils
Have a nice warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy browsing through the many seed, tree and shrub catalogs that are available.
You can also sign up for a class through the University of Maryland Extension to learn more about the plants that inhabit the landscape.
Nature Note for 2/12/2017