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Fall Garden Tips – a Must Read from Garden Guru Ron Wilson

ron wilsonFALL GARDEN TIPS

We received several question about what you should be doing in the garden and here are some gardening answers:

How to fight weeds in the lawn?

Weed killers work the best in the fall!  Mid October is a great time to apply them, especially if you’re going after some of the hard to kill broadleaf weeds.  Use Bonide’s Weed Beater Ultra, or Fertilome’s Weed Free Zone.  Remember, if you seeded this month, you must wait until the new grass has been mowed 3 times before applying a weed killer to the lawn.

HOW TO FIGHT WEEDS IN YOUR BEDS AND BORDERS?

By applying Preen, Dimension or Corn Gluten Meal now (pre-emergent herbicides stop weed seeds from growing), you’ll help control annual weeds like henbit, hairy bittercress, purslane and chickweed, which germinate in the fall and begin to grow over the winter, taking over our landscape beds early next spring.  As a matter of fact, keep after any weeds that pop up in the beds this fall, to keep your beds wed free now, and off to a cleaner start next spring.  Use your Roundup / Killzall where you can, or hand pull if needed.  But don’t let the weeds grow this fall, and definitely not go to seed!

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO PLANT ORNAMENTAL GRASSES AND FAST GROWING TREES THAT I WANT TO CREATE A SCREEN?

This is the time! Ornamental Grasses can be used as specimen plants, screens, hedges, just so many ways to incorporate them into your landscape.  Great foliage, great seed heads, and yes, when the wind blows, they add their graceful movement to the garden.  Grasses certainly enjoy the sun, but if you’re looking for a grass that tolerates the shade, here’s the one.  It’s called Japanese Forest Grass.  It’s a clumping grass, gets about knee high, wonderful yellow foliage, and just loves the shade!  But yes, now it ornamental grass planting time!

Be cautious planting some of the ‘fast growing’ shade trees, as they can be weak wooded and short lived.  But one group to consider would be the hybrid maples…a cross between silver and red.  All the great features of the Red maple, with the faster habit of the Silver.  Look at ‘Autumn Blaze’, ‘Sienna Glen’, and ‘Autumn Fantasy’.  You’ll like them!

 When should I plant groundcover?

Now, “flats” of groundcover should be installed this month or through very early October to allow it time to begin rooting before winter.  But if we’re planting groundcover grown in large pots (deeply rooted), we’ll keep right on planting well into the fall season.

If you have questions, email us at questions@natorp.com.

 

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