According to an announcement, FedEx will donate a total of $1 million to small and medium businesses to help communities move forward during the coronavirus outbreak. As part of the company’s #SupportSmall initiative, each grant recipient will receive $5,000, plus a $500 credit from FedEx Office that can be used for printing banners, posters, floor graphics, custom branded boxes and more.
Timing is an important factor when pruning plants in the nursery or the landscape. The late dormant season is best for most pruning, with some exceptions. It may be tempting to prune now, but it opens your tree up to disease. Fungi will spread their spores profusely and can easily infect the tree at your pruning points. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it's easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant branch structure.
Here are some pruning tips from Kansas State University Extension's Ward Upham.
Though light pruning and removal of dead wood are fine this time of year, more severe pruning should be left until spring. Consider pruning to be “light” if 10 percent or less of the plant is removed. Dead wood does not count in this calculation. Keep in mind that even light pruning of spring-blooming shrubs such as lilac and forsythia will reduce flowers for next year. Kansas State University Extension normally recommends that spring-bloomers be pruned after flowering.
Shrubs differ in how severely they can be cut back. Junipers do not break bud from within the plant and therefore should be trimmed lightly if you wish to keep the full shape. Overgrown junipers should be removed. On the other hand, there are certain shrubs that can be pruned back severely during the spring. Rejuvenation is the most severe type of pruning and may be used on multi-stem shrubs that have become too large with too many old branches to justify saving the younger canes. All stems are cut back to 3- to 5-inch stubs. This works well for spirea, forsythia, pyracantha, ninebark, Russian almond, little leaf mock orange, shrub roses, and flowering quince. Just remember that spring is the correct time to do this, not now.
- All maples, including box elder
- Butternut and walnut
- Birch and its relatives, ironwood and blue beech
- clove currant
- flowering plum
- or cherry
- early blooming spirea
- alpine currant
- burning bush
- purpleleaf sandcherry
Per an announcement from the Plant California Alliance, nurseries and garden centers in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara, as well as the City of Berkeley, can be open for business with updated safety protocols in place. The announcement was made on May 4.
Find county specific information by following the links below.
16. Definitions and Exemptions
l. For purposes of this Order, “Outdoor Businesses” means:
i. The following businesses that normally operated primarily outdoors prior to March 16, 2020 and where there is the ability to fully maintain social distancing of at least six feet between all persons:
1. Businesses primarily operated outdoors, such as wholesale and retail plant nurseries, agricultural operations, and garden centers.
Star Roses and Plants, the introducers of The Knock Out Family of Roses, knows that Mother’s Day may look different for many families this year, which is why they recently launched its “Make Mother’s Day Any Day” campaign.
“With social distancing and travel restrictions interrupting our everyday lives, we want people to know that it’s okay to celebrate Mom any day in May, not just on May 10,” said Layci Gragnani, rose program manager at Star Roses and Plants.
The campaign encourages consumers to purchase blooming gifts for Mom, such as Knock Out Roses, at their local garden centers or online throughout the month of May. “Knock Out Roses are colorful, repeat-blooming, disease resistant and easy to care for. It’s the perfect gift for Mom that she can love for many years to come,” said Gragnani.
Star Roses and Plants is offering free social media graphics for garden centers that would like to participate in the campaign. To view and download the graphics, visit https://bit.ly/2ymFwwP.
For more information, visit the company's website here.