In the Garden - what to do

What to Do

Shrubs and trees: Prune when new growth begins after the end of the dormant season. To guard next season's blooms, begin pruning after the last flowers fade but before the new buds set. See

Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Mulch: Add mulch to minimize weeds and conserve moisture during dry weather. See Landscape Mulches

Lawns: Fertilize lawns this month if not done in February. See Lawn

Fertilizer and Identify damaging insects and spot treat early to prevent widespread damage. See Turfgrass Pest Insects

Pests: Monitor landscape plants for insects, especially for the presence of aphids on tender new growth. Insects become more active during warm weather. See

Landscape Pest Management

Insects should be presumed innocent until proven guilty of damage. Identify them before taking any action. Most are not damaging. Pesticides should be the final option.

Tropical and subtropical fruits: Enhance pollination of fruits during spring flowering by allowing a selection of nearby weeds to grow to provide a nectar source for bees, wasps, and flies.

Add variety and interest to the landscape and table with exotic fruits. This is a great time of year to plant fruit trees. The Brevard Rare Fruit Club will have its annual sale in April and nurseries are full of a variety of healthy young trees.

Tropical Fruit for the Home Landscape

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