Soon the snow will be gone and it will be time to start cleaning up your perennial garden. First remove old foliage from perennial plants. Cut the stalks back to about 1/2 inch above the ground unless it is a crown plant, i.e. sedums, coral bells, etc. Only dead and damaged leaves need to be removed from the crown plants. Cut back your perennial grasses to about 3-4 inches above the ground if you have not already done so. Maybe leave a few blades of this dried grass behind for the birds to build nests. Next rake up all the old garden debris and matted leaves as this matter is a great hiding spot for slugs and insects plus it harbors disease. Dig out weeds. For healthier plants with more blooms consider putting down a thin layer of compost followed by a time-release fertilizer. Now sit back and enjoy your future blooms.
Protect the bark of young shade trees, ornamental trees and shrubs this fall and winter from deer and rabbits. We recommend using trunk guards on your trees to keep deer from rubbing on the trunk. The white plastic trunk protectors are inexpensive, easy to install and reusable for several years, and will also protect tree bark from damage by mice, rabbits and winter sun. You can use tree wrap to keep rabbits from eating your tree as well. Make sure to protect newly planted shrubs and trees that are still tender to the rabbits and deer. Fence in the plants if possible. There are great spray repellants to use year round to keep the critters from snacking on your plants. This spring remember to get the systemic granular repellent into the garden as soon as your see leaves coming out and planting emerging from the ground!
Protect Your Trees Now From Japanese Beetles And Emerald Ash Borer! We Offer Two Options For Protecting Your Trees.
1- Do-It-Yourself With Optrol.
Optrol is the product of choice for tree care professionals. It is the only retail product that provides the killing power needed to control Japanese Beetles and Emerald Ash Borer on all sizes of trees.
Optrol is a broad spectrum, easy to use, highly concentrated systemic insecticide that utilizes the proven performance of imidacloprid. It provides 12 months of protection and controls a wide variety of insect pests including Japanese beetles, Bronze Birch Borer, Emerald Ash Borer, Birch Leafminer, White grubs and more.
Optrol allows the highest application rates in the industry for maximum, research proven protection against the most difficult tree pests. It is great for small jobs or single trees. Just measure the amount you need for a tree, mix it with water, and apply.
2- Hire Our Certified Arborist To Protect Your Trees!
Our Certified Arborist Provides a 2 year Tree injection to prevent:
• Emerald Ash Borer
• Oak Wilt
• Dutch Elm Disease
• And other pests, diseases and fungi
Our Arborist Can Also Help You With:
• Tree planting
• Tree pruning
• For structure of young and old trees
• For clearance of buildings, roads, and walkways
• Tree removals
• Hedge and shrub trimming
• Tree Inspections
Email Mark at [email protected] or call 608-780-6810 to set up an appointment.