SEASONAL CALENDAR FOR LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE
Use these tips from your local tree service to keep your trees, shrubs, and lawn in peak condition throughout the growing season. Don’t second guess; if you have a tree, shrub, or lawn question contact your local arborist or tree service - they are more than happy to help you identify disease or insect pests on your landscape plants.
* Contact a local tree service to spray dormant oil treatment to control overwintering insects and insect eggs.
* Inspect your trees and shrubs for winter storm damage.
* Apply first lawn fertilization treatment; include weed control and crabgrass pre-emergent if needed.
* Apply the soil-injected/soil drench insecticide Imidacloprid for control of Emerald Ash Borer, Spruce Gall, Bronze Birch Borer, or Birch Leaf Miner.
* Call local tree service to schedule spring tree and shrub fertilization.
* Replace dead or damaged trees or shrubs with new plants.
* Schedule a tree service to do tree spraying to prevent tree diseases such as Ash Anthracnose, Apple Scab on Crabapple trees, Diplodia Tip Blight, Dogwood Anthracnose, Hawthorn Rust, Needlecast on Spruce trees, Oak Anthracnose, or Sycamore Anthracnose.
* Schedule tree spraying for Zimmerman Pine Moth and White Pine Weevil.
* Enjoy the spring bloom of flowering trees, shrubs, and perennial plants.
* Call local tree service or arborist to schedule tree pruning for flowering ornamental trees and shrubs after they are done flowering.
* Check past tree cabling or bracing to make sure nothing has come loose.
* Check trees for dead tree branches that your tree service will need to prune off.
* If necessary, add new mulch under trees and shrubs - a 2-4”mulch layer is enough.
* Prune deadwood from shrubs.
* Schedule tree spraying for Leafhopper or Plantbugs on Locust trees.
* There’s still time to plant new trees or shrubs, but they’ll need extra watering to get through the hot summer weather.
* Watch for Sawfly larvae on Mugo Pines.
* Apply Imidacloprid now to control grubs later in the summer.
* Apply Scale control treatments - consult with local tree service for proper timing for various species of Scale insects.
* Apply second lawn fertilization and weed control treatment to your lawn.
* Call local tree service to schedule tree spraying for Bagworms.
* Check trees for storm damage from spring storms.
* Prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs.
* Water trees and shrubs if it doesn’t rain.
* Apply second treatment to control Scale insects, if needed or recommended by your arborist.
* Call tree service for any tree removal needs.
* Schedule maintenance tree pruning with local tree service.
* There’s still time to apply Imidacloprid to control lawn grubs that will hatch in August.
* Water trees, shrubs, perennial plants, and lawn during extended dry periods.
* Apply lawn fertilization and weed control if lawn has been irrigated during the summer.
* Keep up on watering for trees, shrubs, perennial plants, and lawn during extended dry periods.
* Spray Magnolia trees for Magnolia Scale crawlers.
* Contact tree service to schedule second tree spraying for Zimmerman Pine Moth.
* Watch for early fall color on trees - a potential sign of a stressed tree.
* Apply fall lawn fertilization and weed control to the lawn.
* Call tree service to schedule tree pruning if it wasn’t done during the summer.
* Plant bulbs for next spring.
* Plant new trees or shrubs.
* Prune summer-flowering shrubs.
* Schedule fall tree and shrub fertilization if it wasn’t done in the spring.
* Spot seed bare areas in the lawn.
* Spray Magnolia trees for Magnolia Scale crawlers if it wasn’t done in August.
* Apply fall lawn fertilization and weed control if it wasn’t done in September.
* Contact local tree service to schedule winter tree pruning of Birch trees, Elm trees, or Oak trees.
* Prune summer-flowering shrubs if it wasn’t done in September.
* Schedule fall Dormant Oil tree and shrub spraying.
* There’s still time to have a tree service do the fall tree fertilization for your trees and shrubs.
* Apply winterizer lawn fertilization to strengthen grass roots and encourage spring green up.
* Cut back ornamental grass plants.
* Have tree service apply Dormant Oil tree and shrub spraying.
* Plant evergreen trees until the ground freezes.
* Call tree service to schedule winter tree pruning if it hasn’t been done already.
* Wrap, tie-up, or burlap evergreen plants to provide winter protection.