, Newburyport, MA


May 1, 2013

Tim's Tips: Be wary of planting veggies too early


If this is the case in your yard, you can apply one of the liquid lawn weed killer products. These products don’t contain fertilizer so you won’t burn the grass from applying too much.

If you have spring flowering shrubs, you may be thinking about pruning them back to shape them or to reduce their size. Shrubs that bloom in early spring are pruned back right after the shrub is done flowering. If the shrubs have not started blooming and you cut them back, you will be removing the flower buds as you prune. When it comes to pruning your spring flowering shrubs, patience is a virtue.

Very soon, the winter moth caterpillars will be attacking our trees. At the first sign of this caterpillar eating the leaves of your trees, you should spray your trees with a product containing Bt. Bt is an organic insecticide that will quickly kill those caterpillars. It does work its best when the caterpillars are small, so keep an eye on your trees.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.


Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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