FALL YARD MAINTENANCE TIPS- Third Quarter To-Do List

October

  • Plant spring flowering bulbs in late October, or when the soil temperature lowers. 
  •  Apply fertilizers when planting. Suggestions: Bulb-tone, Plant-Tone, bone meal, manure, cottonseed meal.
  • Divide and transplant perennials, Peonies, ground covers and bulbs.

November

  • Mulch trees and shrubs.
  • Plant trees and shrubs and don’t forget to water them regularly if needed.
  • During winter months, don’t forget to use a moisture meter to check houseplants for the amount of water they need. Watch for insects.
  • Even though plants are not in an active growth mode during the winter, they still need water to survive. If the winter months are dry and the soil stays frozen, watering will be necessary, especially for shallow-rooted plants like Azaleas, Rhododendron, Dogwoods and White Pines.

December

  • Last chance to plant bulbs.
  • Make sure to remove leaves from around grass and shrubs. Decaying leaves will choke plants.

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