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October 9, 2013

Tim's Tips: Be careful when pruning

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Another question that comes up at this time of year is whether to fertilize shrubs now. As a general rule, shrubs should not be fertilized in the fall until the plants have gone dormant for the winter. At that point, flowering trees and shrubs will benefit from an application of phosphorous. This ingredient in fertilizers will help with root development, and it will then be available when plants are setting new flower buds in the spring. Evergreens will benefit from an application of fertilizer once they have gone dormant later in the fall.

Mulching of plants in the late fall is important for your plants. I will get into that in the upcoming weeks.

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

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

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