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From Roots to Shoots

Seasonal gardening and landscape tips


It is that time of the year when we wait with anticipation to see how the garden will unfold. The very mild weather we experienced this winter will make this spring particularly interesting.

Mild temperatures combined with lack of

snowfall will impact growth and overall plant health. Winter desiccation is already evident on many evergreens. Drying winds and warm, sunny days in late winter caused foliage to lose water. Roots cannot replenish lost water from the frozen ground and the foliage dries out and becomes brown. Newly transplanted evergreens are even more susceptible because of their re- duced root systems. Watering your evergreens to saturate the ground on a weekly basis (subject to the amount of precipitation we receive) will help, but only time will tell the exact impact of Mother Nature!

30 CLUBLIFE SPRING 2012 Winter insect survival is thought to be

higher than normal this year. Most of the insects that overwinter as adults will survive well in a winter with mild temperatures, so we can expect pressure from these insects this season! Ce- dars, Spruce and evergreens will be susceptible to Mites. Aphids will pose a problem on new spring growth primarily on Ash, Oak, Maples and Roses. Monitoring is required with sched- uled treatments if signs are present. We also anticipate higher than normal Grub This can be attributed, in

damage this spring.

part, to the final effects of previous methods of control (prior to the Cosmetic Pesticide Ban)

wearing off. Secondary damage from skunks and raccoons foraging is just as devastating to the lawn.

Like everything else in life, a prioritised list is needed to jump start the annual “new beginnings” of your garden:


to ensure new spring growth of perennials and plants is not hampered by being covered up.

2. FOLLOW WITH CORRECTIVE PRUNING OF TREES AND SHRUBS of any snapped or bro- ken branches during the course of the winter. Pruning out cross branching, weak limbs and removal of dead wood to help promote healthy growth is also necessary. Spring blooming shrubs

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