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- Gradually cut back on watering as the temperature goes down.
- Water lawns and gardens once a week.
- Water established trees, slowly and deeply, once a month.
- Water fruit trees once a week.
- Water shrubs once a week.
- Water annuals, perennials and assorted plants in containers once a week depending on pot size and temperature.
- As always, new plantings will require more water the first year.
- Winterize sprinkler systems as needed and reset timers to once a week.
- Fertilize cool-season container gardens with a high-phosphorus blooming formula monthly for continuous blooms throughout the winter.
- Fertilize your cool-season vegetables with a good organic vegetable food.
Yard And Garden
- Plant or refresh your containers with cool-season annuals, such as pansies, mums, ornamental kale, perennials and small shrubs. Remember the saying, “Thriller, Filler and Spiller!”
- Plant trees and shrubs now so they will establish good roots during winter.
- Clean waterfall, ponds and fountains for winter. Set pond plants deeper in pond to prevent freezing.
- Plant Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs for indoor holiday flowering. Decorate with poinsettias and Christmas cactus later in the month.
- Leave foliage on perennials as it will protect the roots during winter.
Insects And Diseases
- Bring samples of insects or damaged plants in plastic bags to our pharmacy area for solutions. (We can also identify plants for you!)
- Rake leaves especially on lawns. Wet leaves can block light and increase the chance of disease.
- Protect cool-season vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, lettuce and spinach in cold frames or with frost cloth.
- Clean and winterize gardening tools and store for the winter.
- Stop by Saturday, November 23rd for our annual Christmas Open House! We’ll have big savings and sweet treats!