- Continue to monitor trees and shrubs for deer or rodent damage. Apply repellant as needed.
- Continue to monitor and remove snow from evergreens and ornamentals.
- Get lawn mowers and other power tools serviced before the spring rush.
- Clean and sharpen shovels and pruning tools.
- Choose and order seeds for early starting.
- Check shrubs and trees for winter injury/storm damage and remove using proper pruning techniques.
- Winter is a great time to reassess the “bones” of the garden and decide what needs to be changed or updated. Have a master landscape plan drawn up.
- Finalize contracts for landscape maintenance.
- As the snow melts, begin general spring clean up: remove any leaves, branches and debris from planting beds and lawn area; edge garden beds and walkways; and freshen up garden beds with a new layer of mulch.
- Check for frost heaving of perennials, and push them back into the soil.
- Cut back ornamental grasses and perennials before signs of new growth.
- Apply a dormant oil spray to ornamental and fruit trees before they leaf out and when the temperature is above 40 degrees.
- Fertilize woody plants (trees and shrubs) before they begin to leaf out.
- Prune summer flowering shrubs (ie. Spirea, Hydrangea).