Preparation continues for the blooming season. You've attended your lawn, your ornamental grasses, your flower beds. Don't forget the trees and shrubs. They need attention too. They will be bursting into bloom soon, and you can insure those blooms will be even more hardy with the help of some early fertilization and insect spray.
While a year-round program by a professional lawn care specialist in Maryland would provide the most benefit, you can still make a difference if you start now. In March in Harford County, trees and shrubs benefit from a fertilizer at the root zone, or a foliar spray. These will enrich the plants and help encourage strong growth.
Next, consider a dormant oil spray for appropriate ornamental trees, as well as large evergreens and fruit trees. The dormant oil spray will control insects and their eggs or larvae that have been laid over the winter months, preventing them from ever hatching to become a bigger problem. Then, prepare for another round of insect spray next month to control insects that chew on the trees. Apply fungal spray that will prevent fungus-related diseases on your ornamental trees. Space out each of these treatments by a month, allowing the trees and shrubs to fully absorb each fertilizer or spray.
With proper fertilization and preventive measures, your trees and shrubs will have the best chance at beautiful blooms and a good, healthy season.