The cold weather has arrived and with it comes quite a bit of care in your landscape and garden for the month of November. Take a look at some of our tips for the month as the winter season settles in:
- As the autumn leaves pile up on your lawn, you can put away the rake and blower. Running your mower over the leaves without the grass catcher grinds that clutter into a fine layer of mulch that will be naturally composted into the soil, providing rich nutrients for your grass. If there’s a dense canopy of trees, those leaves need to be raked or blown out so you don’t over-mulch.
- Fertilize tall fescue and other cool-season lawns. Fertilize new fescue and ryegrass lawns at half the rate recommended.
- Apply bone and blood meal to pansies and other winter color plants to promote strong growth.
- Continue to plant shade trees, ornamental trees and shrubs.
- Relocate established trees and shrubs after they enter dormancy.
- Plant trees and shrubs that are balled and burlapped.
- Apply an anti-transpirant such as Wilt Pruf to broadleaf evergreens such as southern magnolias, holly, azaleas and rhododendrons to keep them from getting winter burn, when the leaves turn brown from too much moisture loss.
- Water evergreens and new plants thoroughly before a hard freeze to reduce plants’ chances of damage.
- Remove and drain garden hoses from outlets and cover faucets to prevent freeze damage.
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