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Falling into Winter

Falling into Winter

Get ready for fall to change into winter! What a beautiful time of year it is with dropping temperatures, plants reblooming as it gets cooler, and leaves of autumn turning brilliant colors of reds, yellowy golds, oranges and purples. Ornamental grasses are in their full glory.

To prepare for winter's upcoming freezes, there are a few tasks to be completed:
- Start cutting back on watering to 2 times a week and fertilize with a lower nitrogen fertilizer.
- Bring in your houseplants soon, as we usually start to have freezing nighttime temperatures around the end of October!

Now is also the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials.  They will establish over winter and be ready to show off their new foliage in spring! Continue watering your new plantings through winter a bit more than you would usually water established trees, shrubs, and perennials.  Follow the cities watering guide which is 2-4 times a month for September through November.  Visit 505Outside for more information.

Refresh your containers with winter-hardy pansies, mums and kale. You can also start thinking ahead to spring and plant spring-blooming bulbs now, such as tulips daffodils and crocus.

This year has been a great opportunity to grow your own food! Right now you can plant broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, swiss chard, spinach, carrots, radishes and more.

Check out our Monthly Gardening Tips for more in detail information.

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