Spring “Garden Tips” #2

Ornamental Care in April

trees-japanese-cherryJapanese cherry trees are magnificent in the spring, but are often attacked by scale insects. Borers can also be a problem as they tunnel and disrupt the flow of nutrients up into the tree. Both should be treated during April.

Scale insects can be a serious problem since they produce a coating which protects them from insecticides and the cold, allowing them to feed undisturbed. They often can be found on hemlocks, azaleas, taxus, ornamental plum and privet hedges. An oil spray strips away the protective coating and smothers the insect beneath.

Tortoise Scale attacking taxes, weakening the plant

Tortoise Scale attacking taxus, weakening the plant

Spruce trees that have cone-like structures on branch tips probably have Spruce Gall. Insecticidal control for this can only be attempted approximately in late April as the insect is crawling to a new location.

trees-birchBirch trees are a graceful addition to any landscape, but they have a problem: birch leaf miners.  The larvae tunnel between the leaf layers and destroy food production. A systemic insecticide is needed each April to control them.


It Just Got Easier To Enjoy the Queen of Flowers

All the roses here (and we’re showing just a few of those that are· available) are disease-resistant to disease-free, eliminating one of the greatest problems in growing roses. They’re also hardy; they don’t need a lot of TLC. Several varieties provide blossoms from late spring or early summer well into the fall.

Any sunny spot will do; even in containers on your patio or front steps. Just choose the 2-3 foot varieties, and then use the 4 or 5 foot ones to fill in spaces in your garden, or group them for a landscape focal-point planting.


Rainbow Knock Out, pictured here, creates a colorful front entrance; blooming all summer while it grows to three feet.


This next one, Kiss Me, grows barely 3 feet. It could be used in container plantings to grace your entertainment area as it will bloom continuously and profusely with 4″ fragrant blooms.


Grandma’s Blessing grows to 3 1/2 feet producing dusty-pink, sweetly fragrant blossoms all summer. It is among the best looking of the new easy-to-grow rose varieties.


Sweet Fragrance needs room for its five foot height, while it bears lots of blossoms all summer; its luscious scent bringing you enjoyment as you relax in your garden.


Spark Your Garden This Year with Ornamental Grasses

They can be used as borders, for accents, as fast growing backdrops for flowers or for privacy. They require little care, and can be very dramatic, including their pleasing rustling sound whenever there is a breeze.

Japanese forest grass grows to 12" and is perfect for borders

Japanese forest grass grows to 12″ and is perfect for borders

Blue Oat Grass

Blue Oat Grass

Blue Fescue

Blue Fescue

Tall Flame Grass forms a backdrop for this flower border

Tall Flame Grass forms a backdrop for this flower border


Don’t forget the benefit of outdoor lighting or the dramatic effect water accents can have in your yard and garden. Robert Bradley Landscaping offers consultations and designs for projects big and small.

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