Green Acres

As we begin spring management of our horticultural landscapes, here are a few reminders for the month of May.

• Graft fruit trees from mid -April to early May.

• Abort crab apple fruit with ethephon or naphthaleneacetic acid.

• Prune lilacs right after bloom.

• Stems cut off clean are a sign of rabbit damage. Stems cut off ragged are a sign of deer damage.

• Electric fence smeared with peanut butter and molasses can deter deer.

• Keep raspberry walkway clear of suckers.

• Destroy tent caterpillars.

• Plant peas and lettuce when soil temperature (at a two inch depth) is above 40 degrees.

• Plan...