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Landscaping  Maintenance Calendar


  • Prune fruit trees.

  • Prune grape vines, berries, etc.



  • Plant trees, shrubs, and ground cover.

  • Continue pruning fruit trees.

  • Continue pruning grape vines, berries, etc.

  • Prune deciduous trees.


  • Fertilize established trees and shrubs.

  • Apply pelletized lime to lawn about every three years or according to soil.

  • Continue planting trees, shrubs, and groundcovers.

  • Finish pruning fruit trees early in the month.

  • Finish pruning grape vines, berries, etc. early in the month.

  • Continue pruning deciduous trees.



  • Begin mowing lawns.

  • First lawn fertilizer application.

  • Prune roses (early in the month).

  • Apply a horticultural spray oil to fruit trees.

  • Watch for aphids, spider mites, and other unsavory chewing insects.

  • Begin fertilizing flowering plants monthly with bone meal.

  • Continue planting shrubs through April.



  • Prune flowering shrubs after blooming

  • Continue fertilizing flowering shrubs with bone meal

  • As a preventative, spray shrubs with a horticultural spray oil

  • Fertilize and dust roses for black spot, powdery mildew, and insects

  • If ants or other lawn insects become a problem, apply diatomaceous earth

  • Mulch flower beds, shrubs, and trees

  • Begin setting out annuals and perennials after threat of frost passes (about May 4 in our area).



  • Hand weed beds to avoid using chemicals.

  • Prune evergreen shrubs (hollies, boxwood, camellia, leucothoe, junipers).

  • Continue fertilizing roses.

  • Remove dead roses.

  • If Japanese beetles emerge, use  beetle traps or an organic repellant.  Apply more than once as needed.

  • If chlorosis appears, (leaves turning yellow between veins) on boxwoods, azaleas, camellias, and other plants, apply liquid iron.

  • Apply bone meal around Azaleas and Rhododendron to stimulate spring blooming.



  • If evergreens red spider mites or other insects, spray with a horticultural spray oil.



  • Prune shrubs again, as necessary.



  • Plant trees and shrubs- through December.

  • Seed, reseed, and fertilize your lawns with a slow-release lawn food.


  • Plant spring flowering bulbs in late October .

  • Divide and transplant perennials, peonies, ground covers, and bulbs.

  • Cut back perennials.



  • Mulch trees and shrubs.

  • Continue planting trees and shrubs.



  • Last chance to plant bulbs!

  • Remove leaves from grass and around shrubs. Decaying leaves will  choke plants.

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