Come to the Green Side


FALL GARDENING TIPS FROM RANDOM ACRES GARDEN CENTER
October 30, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Gardening

SUMMER BULBS
such as dahlias & cannas, should be dug up. Trim off the stems and store them in a cool, dark place where animals cannot get to them.

SPRING FLOWERING BULBS
can be planted. Tulips, daffodils and crocus are a welcomed sight after a snowy
cold winter.

AMEND GARDEN SOIL
so it’ll be ready in Spring. Remove weeds, add organic material & till. This
will enrich the soil & improve its texture, making it easier in Spring!

FERTILIZE YOUR LAWN
to encourage sturdy root growth and an early green-up in the spring. Make sure your fertilizer has an organic source of nitrogen, with less phosphorus & potassium.

PROPER LAWN HEIGHT
for overwintering is 1.5 – 2 inches. Gradually reduce the height of your mower
so you don’t stress the lawn. If the lawn stops growing, but leaves keep falling, use the mower as a leaf mulcher or vacuum. If left on the lawn, leaves will get matted down & smother your grass.

MULCH
after a deep freeze. Apply 2 – 3 inches of mulch around your perennials, shrubs & small trees. This will help to insulate the roots, protect the plant from damage & retain moisture.

REMOVE INJURED/DEAD PLANTS
from your garden. Leaving them will provide insects and disease a great place to overwinter.

WINTERIZE ROSES
after a hard frost. Cut them back to 6 – 12 inches and mound fresh soil or compost around their stems. Cover with a cone or bushel basket.

INSTALL WINDBREAKS
using burlap or plastic. Winter winds can easily dry out young, tender plants, so protect them by redirecting those harsh winds.

CLEAN AND SHARPEN TOOLS
as well as disconnect & drain outdoor hoses. Store them to protect them from
freezing.

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