Do you “plant” – isize about a beautiful garden?

It may be October but there is still a lot of time left to plant and to prepare your yard and garden for the colder months.

There’s still plenty of time to plant spring flowering bulbs like Tulips, Daffodils, Dutch Iris, Hyacinth, Crocus, Fritillaria and more. Dig a hole the recommended depth (or a little deeper), drop in the bulb and sprinkle with a little Bulb Tone for good measure, then cover and water. In the spring those bulbs will be come beautiful blooms. Dig – Drop – Done! What could be easier?

Crocus are one of the “early bloomers,” often poking through the soil just after the snow has melted. Maybe that’s why Crocus means cheerfulness in flower talk. They like full to part sun but dislike dense shade on the north side of buildings. Crocus come in a variety of colors including yellow, purple and white, and are deer, squirrel and rabbit resistant.

 

When planting your bulbs, don’t forget to add in some Bulb Tone. Espoma Bulb Tone is a slow-release, organic fertilizer that provides the growing bulbs with the nutrients and beneficial microbes they need.

 

In addition to adding new plants to your landscape, it’s important to protect those plants and trees as well as your existing plants, trees and shrubs from wind and cold of the upcoming winter months.

Plan on protecting your evergreens (like Pine and Arborvitae) and broadleaf evergreens (like Rhododendron and Boxwood) this winter. Evergreens keep their foliage during the winter so they continue to transpire moisture loss. Because the ground is (typically) frozen, the plant can’t draw water from its roots to replace what it has lost through transpiration. An unprotected plant can desiccate or dehydrate and will often die from exposure to wind and winter sun.

Desiccation in evergreens is very possible given the dry conditions we’ve experienced and contiune to experience. Products like Bonide’s Wilt Stop form a soft, clear, flexible film on treat plants, protecting them from moisture loss.

 

Don’t forget about those younger trees in your landscape, specifically those less than 5 years old.  They are especially susceptible to Southwest Disease. Southwest Disease occurs when the sun is low in the south and west. The expansion of the tree in the heat of the sun and contraction of the tree in the cold fall nights causes the bark to split, which can lead to many problems.

Tree Wrap can protect the younger trees (those less than 5 years old) in your landscape from Southwest Disease.

 

 

 

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