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November Lawn and Garden Tips

NOVEMBER 17' - A few lawn and garden tips!

 

The year is fast coming to a close.  Only a few weeks left in the year.  With the weather and holiday shopping there is not much going on outside. There are some things that could be done at this time if you feel so motivated.

 

Now would be a good time to prune evergreen shrubs such as hollies and boxwood.  You do NOT want to prune azaleas or anything that blooms in the spring.  They have already set bloom for the spring and pruning now would cut off spring blooms.

 

Now is also a good time to edge and apply mulch to your shrub and flower beds.  A good crisp edge and a fresh layer of mulch will do wonders for your yard over the winter.

 

Obviously, leaves will have to be dealt with during this time.  Leaves left in the beds will help overwinter all types of disease and insects.  Take it from an old grounds maintenance guy, it is far easier to get up leaves once a week than it is to let them accumulate and try to get them up all at one time.  If you run over them with the lawn mower and chop them up fine they are beneficial to the lawn.  Just make sure that you put down enough lime to compensate for the acidity they add to the lawn.

 

There is still time to plant bulb.  Spring blooming bulbs should be planted 4 to 8 inches deep.  You do not have to worry about how carefully you put them in the hole with tops up and such.  Dig a hole, drop them in, they know which way up is.

 

Our soils tend to be acidic, so a good application of lime is in order.  Without a ph test it's hard to say how much lime you need.  20 to 30 lbs of lime per 1000 sq ft should maintain the ph at its present level.  If you have not limed in several years you may need 10 times that amount to raise the ph to the proper level.  Fescue lawns need a ph of 7 to 7.5 to be at their best.

 

If you have not fertilized this fall, then an application of fertilizer would be in order.  Fertilizer applied in the fall goes to the roots of grass and shrubs and helps them to grow over the winter, thus building a strong plant. Spring applied fertilizer goes to top growth and may weaken the plant.

 

Just a few tips for now.  Be sure and watch our garden tips on Facebook.

 
Plant of the Month: Paperwhites

(Narcissus Tazetta)

The "Just Add Water" Plant

Popular indoor plant for winter and the holidays.

Paperwhites do NOT require a chilling period.

Frangrant flowers blom in about 3 weeks.

Can be planted in soil outdoors but are commonly grown in pots or dishes with some stones or marbles to anchor them in place and a little water.

 

 

 

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Plant of the Week - Otto Luyken Laurel

Otto Luyken Laurel 

Otto Luyken Laurel

Otto Luyken laurel is an evergreen shrub used extensively for low hedge and structure plantings. It grows well in most conditions, however, in Zone 8 of the south performs best with some afternoon shade. It will grow 4 to 6 feet tall and nearly as wide. Its waxy, dark green glossy foliage will stand heavy shearing. Provides nice contrast in the landscape. An abundance of white bottlebrush-like blooms are produced in spring.

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