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- Gradually cut back on watering trees, shrubs, lawn and gardens.
- 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 system 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
- Consider a live, potted Christmas tree this year!
- Plant trees and shrubs now so they will establish good roots during winter.
- Plant Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs for indoor holiday flowering. Decorate with poinsettias and Christmas cactus.
- Clean your garden area by removing debris and cut back plants to reduce over-wintering pests.
- 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.