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Trees and Shrubs – April
As the weather warms and new growth begins do not forget to water newly planted trees. They need weekly watering throughout their first summer if rainfall is lacking
Mulch can be applied in early spring to get a start on maintaining the warm weather weeds. Be careful not to pile mulch against the trunks of trees. You may often see the “volcano” shaped pile of mulch around trees – this is not a good practice and can harm or kill trees.
Instead of mounding mulch against the trunk, apply a 3”-4” layer out to the dripline but taper it down near the trunk.
For tips on mulching, visit:
Can too much mulch kill plants? Chatham Gardener post
Mulching trees and shrubs- NC State Extension
More on mulching from NC State Extension
Prune spring flowering shrubs soon after they finish blooming.
Spring blooming shrubs can be kept perennially young by pruning a portion of the oldest branches every year, about a third of the branches on fast growing shrubs and about a fifth on slower growing shrubs.
Shrubs in our area that are in bloom or have interesting fruit, bark or foliage during this month include: