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Week of March 13, 2023

The common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus [L.] Blake) is a valuable wildlife plant due to its production of fruit in late fall and winter.The common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus [L.] Blake) is a valuable wildlife plant due to its production of fruit in late fall and winter. Flowering in May and June, its ability to grow on steep banks makes it helpful in controlling soil erosion. The American robin and cedar waxwing are attracted to the common snowberry for a source of food and cover.

When putting together a plan for fruit trees, it’s best to map it out on paper first. Consider ripening times as well. Cherries ripen first in late May–late June, apricots ripen late May–early July, plums ripen late June–mid-September, peaches ripen late May–mid-September, nectarines ripen late June–early September, pears ripen July–late October and apples ripen early July–late November. Need a landscaping professional to help? Visit our locator map and find a pro near you today.

If you didn’t get to it last fall, now is the time to cut ornamental grasses to the ground. Compost the tops. The new shoots will appear soon.


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