Year End Garden Wrap-Up
As much as we love this year’s beautiful garden displays, it’s time to be turning our thoughts towards end-of-season tear downs and wrap ups. So let’s take a look and bulbs, turf, and everything in between!
If you don’t want your newly planted tulips popping out of the ground this fall, watch the night time temperature on TV and not the planting date on the calendar! Let the weather be your guide when it comes to your end-of-year landscape and turf activities.
Here in Zone 6 (formerly 5) bulb planting time on the calendar extends from September 30th to November 30. What you really want to watch for is night time temperatures consistently in the 40-50F range before you plant. Ground temperatures in the 70s, like we often see in late September, puts newly planted bulbs in a growth mode, not saving their energy for beautiful blooms next spring!
Creating a Beautiful Next Year
For a healthy, beautiful garden or landscape next spring, check out our list of recommended year-end outdoor activities:
- Core aerate – Over time soil can become compacted, making it hard for water, air, and nutrients to reach your turf’s roots. Aerating at least once every two years alleviates compaction to promote a healthy lawn. Even better – over seed while you’re at it to replenish those thin bits!
- Fertilize turf – Once you’re done mowing for the season, apply a Winterizer fertilizer.
- Cutback Perennials – As leaves and stems dieback, remove them! This reduces the risk of attracting unwanted pests and leaves your landscape feeling well cared for!
- Transplant! – If you have perennials you’d like to move, during the cooler fall temperatures while they’re dormant is the time!
- Divide Hostas and grasses as they go dormant – this prevents overcrowding AND creates more plants for you!
- Trim evergreen shrubs
- Cut back roses – after final blooms, cut back roses. This is an ideal time to remove any dead, dying, or diseased stems. We recommend cutting most varieties of rose shrub back to about 12 inches tall.
- Mulch Roots – Heavily mulch around rose roots and other flowering shrubs that are exposed to winter winds and weather for added protection. Added benefit – this will help suppress early Spring weeds!
- Assess – Take some time to walk around and inspect your landscape plants. Remove anything that’s unhealthy or dead.
- Plant Bulbs – When the nighttime temperatures remain between 40-50F.
- Plant Trees – Fall is an ideal time to plant new trees, while they’re dormant.
- Water! – Remember to water: any newly planted or transplanted perennial, shrub, or tree needs water during a dry winter.