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Hort Update for the Week of April 14, 2014

Lawns Major Symptom:
1. Winter kill on golf courses Serious damage evident on many courses this spring
2. Overseeding Start now for earliest germination as soil warms; be careful with herbicide applications
3. Preemergence herbicide applications Professionals starting now, homeowners wait until first week in May
4. Early spring mowing Begin now to remove dead leaf tissue
5. Broadleaf weed control Wait until peak dandelion flowering for best spring control
Trees & Shrubs  
6. Winter desiccation injury Most damage seen on white pine, arborvitae and broadleaf evergreens like holly and euonymus
7. Euonymus scale Browning of leaves; twigs covered with scales
Landscape Ornamentals  
8. Pruning shrub roses Mid- to late April is the best time
9. Cutting ornamental grasses Remove old plant material before new growth begins
10. Cutting back perennials Remove old growth before new growth begins
11. Divide perennials Divide summer and fall bloomers just as new growth begins
12. Vole damage on perennial roots Feed on tree and shrub roots, occasionally crowns of perennials
Fruits & Vegetables  
13. Soil tests Soil labs more precise; home kits provide general information
14. Planting bare root fruit trees, and container plants Proper techniques required for each
15. Preventative insect control & disease resistant varieties Preventative procedures can increase success in the vegetable garden
16. Vegetable planting dates Using average frost dates to determine planting dates

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