Feed! Feed! Feed! Winter cold and rain have washed nutrients from the soil. Fertilize all of your plants to support spring growth. Begin feeding in March or April once the threat of frost has passed.
When roses have 4”-6” of new growth it is time to feed them too. For best results, feed now through Fall according to rose food directions. Our favorite rose foods are: Dr. Earth, Master Nursery, and Maxsea.
Spring rains bring fungus. Control rust, black spot and powdery mildew on roses with Serenade earth friendly effective sprays. Apply as needed through spring.
Problems with worms in your apples in the past? You need to monitor for codling moth activity using Pest Wizard Codling Moth 2 Trap Kit. Traps should be set out least two weeks before buds break. Set out your two traps per apple tree as high up as you can reach. If you catch codling moths then it’s time to spray. We recommend Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew which contains spinosad. If you want to try controlling the coddling moths with traps alone, use at least 4 traps per tree.
Remember to water plants under eaves and in containers. It’s important now to deep water trees and shrubs if it isn’t raining on a regular basis. Their root systems are starting to grow again now that the soil temperatures are rising.
Begin pruning most evergreen shrubs, but do wait until they are done blooming!
Cut back Fuchsias by about a third. Make sure you keep some leaf buds where new branches will grow.