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With the biting winds and frosty mornings ahead of us, it's time to wrap up planting and tackle outdoor chores before winter arrives. Invest some time in cleaning up your garden before the snow flies. Time spent outdoors now will pay off in the spring. Not only will you shorten your honey-do list, but you will also ward off some pest and disease problems.
- Fall can be a great time to cut back your perennials. Cut them back, leaving 2-3 inches of the plant's stem and add them to the compost pile.
- Pull annuals and add them to the compost pile.
- Store all of your breakable items before any hard freezes settle in. Make sure pots and garden art are dry before putting them into storage.
- Leave ornamental grasses standing to protect their crown from a harsh winter.
- Remove leaves around foundations to eliminate hiding places for pests and rodents that can gain entry to your home. Allow some leaves to remain beneath shrubs to provide vital winter cover for beneficial insects.
- Remember, every weed you pull now is one less you have to pull in the spring.
Transplanting trees and shrubs
This month and throughout the next couple months will be good times to transplant trees and shrubs. At this time of the year, most ornamentals have entered into dormancy, and can be safely dug and replanted. Dig up a large root ball (get as much of the root system as is possible). Dig a new hole with enough room to give the root ball lots of good new soil to tempt growth. Just as important, is getting the plant back into the prepared soil as quickly as possible, to keep the roots from drying out. (Only a transplanting fertilizer should be used at this time of the year.) Large trees or shrubs should be staked to protect them from wind whipping during winter storms. Stake them until their roots are well-enough established to stabilize them. Prevent sunscald by use paper tree wrap around the trunks of saplings and other tender trees to protect them from dramatic temperature changes during the winter months.
Odds and Ends
November is the time to finish your yard and garden clean-up and start your holiday decorating. Both tasks are more pleasant when the weather is a little warmer so try to complete them early.
- Drain and store hoses to prevent freezing and cracking.
- Clean and oil your garden tools for winter storage. Place some sand and some oil in a large bucket, slide your garden tools in and out of the sand. This will do an excellent job of cleaning them, as well as applying a light coat of oil to prevent rusting.
- Give your lawn one last cutting before putting it away for the winter. Run the gas out of the mower. Sharpen the blade, pull the spark plug and replace the air filter. Change the oil in the spring.
- Dig planting holes now for live Christmas trees. Stuff the hole with leaves and cover with a tarp. Store soil you removed from the planting hole in a spot where it won't freeze.
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24508 Telegraph Rd. (US 24)
Brownstown, MI 48134
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