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Must-Do Garden and Yard Reminders for November

November 17th, 2013

Greenwood’s Must-Do Garden and Yard Reminders for November are:

  • Drain and roll up all garden hoses
  • Cover/insulate outside faucets that are not frost proof
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture, summer lights, seasonal fountains and decorations
  • Check oil and gas in mower and other equipment – How To
  • Clean and oil (light coat) garden tools to prevent rust
  • Pull weeds so they don’t go to seed (weed seed can lie in the soil for 3 to 5 years before germinating)
  • Prune Knockout Roses (in northern climates wait for them to drop their leaves – then remove leaves from base and wrap with burlap or place protective cones over)
  • Cut back (or use a weed eater) flowering perennials including butterfly bushes
  • Place a fresh layer of mulch (shredded bark, aged compost or aged manure mix) around tender perennials and shrubs for winter insulation
  • Remove dead annuals

When you’re ready to refresh your garden plants, visit our Online Garden Center for a wide variety of perennials, ground covers, flowering and evergreen plants for your gardening projects.

English: Perennials border in Summer.

English: Perennials border in Summer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Yard Chores for September

September 6th, 2013

As the summer transitions into fall, there are a few important yard chores for September. This is the month to to a little outside work so that it isn’t as overwhelming  in spring. Hot summer nights give way to perfect evenings with just a hint of coolness. Plant growth will begin to slow, but they will continue to grow. Follow these tips to keep your yard in tip top shape.

 

  • Aerate your lawn (cool season grasses), overseed with ryegrass and apply second fertilizer application on cool season lawns.
  • Check and store yard and plant chemicals.
  • Order lily bulbs for October planting.
  • Start cutting back on lawn watering.
  • If you planted vegetable plants, pull them out of the ground as you remove the last of their veggies.
  • Pull out all spent annual bedding plants.
  • Dig, divide and plant bulb plants.
  • Add fresh mulch to younger trees and shrubs for winter protection.
  • Change up plants in containers and window boxes for fall and winter color.
  • As leaves start to fall, rake them up and start your compost pile.
  • There’s still time to plant perennials such as hostas, heucheras, ornamental grasses, ground covers, herbs, and all container grown plants.
  • Great time to do a soil test for future gardening projects so you know where your soil is on its nutrient values.
  • Start planning on which potted plants you will bring inside as the temperatures drop.

    English: A picture of compost soil

    English: A picture of compost soil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Best Winter Gardening Tips to Get a Start on Spring and Summer Yard Care

January 15th, 2012

Apply these best winter gardening tips and you will get a head start on your spring and summer yard care. There are moments when you look outside during winter and wish desperately for the warmth of summer. Don’t fret. Make winter the season of preparing for a long relaxing summer.

These winter gardening chores are the first steps to making a relaxing summer possible is to prepare your garden and what better time than mid to late winter.

  • Turn the shrubbery and tree lines into something of beauty with light pruning
  • Mulch your perennials and win the fight against weeds before they have the chance to infiltrate
  • Sketch your new garden ideas for the landscape and start building.
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It sounds easy when you really think about it, and it is. Gardening can be very time consuming in the spring and summer and most everyone wants to enjoy the beautiful warm weather doing other activities not worry about the landscape.  A little planning ahead and a few days of clean up work and prepping can make gardening and yard care so much easier for the growing season.

A few planning tips for your garden can be as simple as:

  • Building a raised bed for annuals or vegetable planting.
  • Drawing out a new plan for plant placement.
  • Jotting down ideas for new plants to add in.
  • Start your own compost.
  • Protect animal attracting plants with wire cages.
  • Wrap thin bark trees that are susceptible to cold weather damage.

After making your garden plans, start doing a few things that will help will upkeep that would otherwise be difficult in the spring and summer.

After you have protected delicate plants for the worse part of winter and the early spring temperature fluctuations and, then have a plan for your garden design, it’s time to put everything into action. This will definitely be an achievement you will certainly be proud of and, when spring hits, you can relax knowing that your garden is in great shape.

Visit us at Greenwood Nursery Online Nursery and Garden Center for a great selection of flowering shrubs, nut trees, evergreen ground covers and more!

We’d love to hear from you about how you prepare your yard and garden for late winter weather. Leave us a comment or email us.

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