Fall is just around the corner

With the onset of cooler days and nights (who knows when that might occur?) – it’s time to:

  1. Rake or blow leaves and recycle them as mulch for your perennial plants and trees.
  2. Create new beds and rearrange or expand the old ones. Spring planting will be less tedious.
  3. Plant bulbs, such as crocus, en mass, for a bigger “show” in the spring.
  4. Consider planting deciduous trees whose leaves will provide fall color next year. Those reds, yellows, and oranges will be beautiful accents to your landscape.
  5. Plant ornamental cabbage, kale, violas and pansies now as they will “settle in” before the cold weather comes along. They should be in the ground at least 6 weeks before the first freeze.
  6. Add mulch or pine needles to beds once the majority of leaves have fallen.

Fall is coming, folks. Have faith!

 

Happy New Year

We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Now that the Christmas decorations are put away and the celebrations are over it’s time to concentrate on getting prepared for spring planting and yard work. In zones 7 and 8 January is a great time to put out an extra layer (at least 2 inches) of mulch or pine needles around shrubs like azaleas, hollies, camellias and boxwood especially with the extreme cold weather we have experienced lately. We recommend a finely shredded variety.

Before you put away your mower for the winter you might want to mow and mulch your lawn one last time to get up the last of the late fall leaves. Mulching enriches the soil and provides nutrients for the roots of your grass. Don’t forget to winterize your mower and power tools before you put them away for the winter. Make sure to use a fuel stabilizer and run it through the engine before you let your equipment sit in the shed or garage. This will help you to avoid costly repairs in the spring.

Of course we can not forget our feathered friends at this time of year when food and water are not readily available. Our backyard birds prefer Nyjer seed, sunflower seeds and white proso millet at this time of year. A small shallow container of fresh water placed close to the feeders will ensure that they water. Refresh the container with warm water if it freezes.

No need to worry, Main Street Lawn and Garden is prepared for the worst winter weather. We have sleds, shovels and ice melt. Grab your favorite warm beverage and sit down to make your list of plantings for the coming season. Spring will be here before you know it.

 

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