to do list

January
-- Water trees, shrubs and lawn on a warm  day this month.
-- Begin planning your garden.
-- Fill those bird feeders.

February
- Apply dormant spray to ash, lilacs, aspen to smother scale and aphids.
- Start seeds toward end of month for pepper, eggplant, tomatoes and annual flowers.
- Good time to shape your shade trees (except Maple) by pruning.
- Water trees, shrubs and lawn if warm and dry especially on the south and west side.

March
-- Start seeds indoors under grow lights with heating pads
-- Rototill compost into vegetable and flower gardens if weather is dry
-- Water trees, shrubs, and lawns if weather is warm and dry
-- Water lawn areas on the south or west sides to reduce clover mite populations
-- Apply a systemic drench for once per year application for insect control on Ash, Aspen and Hawthorns
-- Prune fruit trees and spray dormant oil to kill over wintering insects
-- Plant pansies, trees shrubs, bare root strawberries, peas or hardened off perennials
-- Check house plants for mottled yellow foliage-it could be spider mites
-- There is still time to start seed for tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and annual flowers
-- Plant a wildflower garden as soon as the soil can be worked

April
- Plant cold hardy vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, radish and leafy vegetables and cool season crops like peas, spinach, lettuce.
- Asparagus, potatoes, onion sets and garlic can also be started outside now.
- Tomatoes and peppers can be put outside in walls-o-water.
- Remove tree wrap.
- Spray fruit and ornamental trees with fire blight spray as a preventative.
-- Aerate lawn.
-- Plant trees, shrubs and perennials.
-- Plant summer blooming bulbs late April.
- Remember to only mow 1/3 of the grass blade off at a time to prevent shock and yellowing.
- Apply Weed and Crabgrass preventative to lawn (weed killers are temperature based and it is too cold to be effective)
- Begin spraying fungicide, NOT insecticide, as fruit trees and crabapples begin to show flower color.
- Clean weeds out of flower beds and sprinkle on a weed preventative if you will not plant seeds.
- Fertilize spring flowering bulbs (ie, tulips, daffodils, etc) as foliage emerges. DO NOT cut foliage back after flowers fade until it begins to turn yellow.
- To reduce fruit on trees (i.e. Crabapples, plums) spray florel fruit eliminator.
- Use a year long systemic insecticide on your trees and shrubs such as Bayer Tree and Shrub or Fertilome's Tree and Shrub Drench for a one time application per year.

May
- Plant annuals and vegetables(most after Mother’s day to avoid freezing chances.
- Plant perennials, trees and shrubs.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs with Ross root feeders.
- Use a preventative insecticide for aphids on viburnum and spruce, and for sawfly and aphids on ash.
- Fertilize your lawn with a high nitrogen or preventative if you did not do so in April.
- Begin spraying insecticide as fruit tree flowers finish falling.
- Divide perennials after they emerge from the ground. Water well after transplanting.
- Fertilize and prune spring flowering shrubs after they finish blooming.
- Okay to plant all flowers and vegetables by end of month (unless you live in the

June
-- Fertilize roses and annuals.
-- Prune dead flowers off of roses.
-- Use weed killers and fertilizers as the temperature both ground and air are prime for weed killing.
-- Check flowers and vegetables for insects.
-- Prune lilac's after they finishing blooming.

July
- Fertilize all annuals and hanging baskets for continued summer bloom.
- Add wind chimes, bird baths or statuary to yard to enhance enjoyment.
- Deep water all established trees and shrubs.
- Mulch around plants with bark products to conserve moisture and control weed growth.
- W atch for signs of mite damage if weather is hot and dry.
- Prune Maple and Birch trees

August
-- Plant iris rhizomes at the end this month. Dig and divide old iris now.
-- Last feeding for roses, trees and shrubs should be done prior to August 15.
-- Prepare flower beds for fall plantings of bulbs, such as tulips & daffodils.
-- Watch lawn for signs of fungus-bring in a sample of the turf if you are unsure.
-- Fertilize lawn with a lower nitrogen fertilizer.
-- Check Daily for ripe veggies.

September
- Come in after Labor Day for best selection of fall bulbs.
- Be prepared with a frost blanket to protect those tomatoes if mother nature decides to be difficult.
- Plant pansies and mums for fall colors.
- Spray herbicides on weeds like weed free zone.
- Deep water established trees and shrubs.
- Plant trees and shrubs.
- Plant Iris, tulips and daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs.
- Come see the giant pumpkin weigh-off.

October
- Stop by and see our Galleria of Ghouls, World’s Scarriest Haunted House, our pumpkin patch and straw maze!!!!
- Dispose of diseased foliage from trees, shrubs or herbaceous plants.
- Deep root water trees and shrubs.
- Protect perennials with organic mulch.
- Fertilize your lawn with Winterizer  (before a snow).
- Plant spring flowering bulbs.
- Get pumpkins, cornstalks and straw bales for Fall decorating.
- Collar and mulch rose bushes

November
-- Apply dormant oil to kill over wintering insects.
-- Wrap young trees with tree wrap to protect from sunscald (sunburn).
-- Protect perennials with organic mulch if you didn't do so in October.
-- Plant paperwhites to bloom for Christmas time.

December
-- Pick up fresh cut Christmas trees and wreaths and poinsettia.
-- Apply dormant spray to ash, lilacs, aspen.
-- Apply anti-transpiration to broadleaf evergreens.
-- Water all fall-planted nursery stock.
-- Apply mulch and rose collars if not done in November.
-- Apply tree wrap to smooth barked trees if not done earlier in the fall.