Hello Generous Gardeners,
It was a very frosty morning today and I realized I haven’t finished some of my garden chores. I thought you may like to see my end of the season garden tasks that need to be done.
Somehow I managed to get all the daffodil bulbs in the ground. I just couldn’t resist all the pink daffodils on line even though they are more of a salmon color. I didn’t keep track of how many I ordered and boxes kept being delivered. I think they have finally stopped.
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Running out now to finish cleaning up in the garden.
Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
GENERAL GARDEN TASKS
- Plant the last of the bulbs, tulips, daffodils and garlic.
- Make the final cut on the lawn very short.
- Clean up gardens and yard.
- Drain faucets and hoses.
- Clean, sharpen and store tools for the winter.
- Get driveway markers (stakes) in the ground ASAP before the ground freezes.
- Clean up all dropped fruit and leaves.
- Remove any dead, damaged and dying wood from trees before they fall on someone. Hire a certified arborist to do it properly.
- Water new trees, shrubs and perennials until the ground freezes. Don’t let them go into the winter thirsty. They will suffer.
- It’s still possible to get peonies and bulbs in the ground until it freezes.
- Perennials that have changed from green to yellow/ brown need to be cleaned out and composted.
- Bag and dispose any diseased or insect infested plant material — do not compost.
- Don’t cut down chrysanthemums and ornamental grasses because the foliage helps protect their crowns for the winter.
- Don’t prune roses or any green leaf perennials.
- Leave any ornamental seed heads you want to see for winter interest.
- Shake out or save the dried seed pods that you want to spread.
- Shred leaves from yard and use as mulch in perennial beds
- Mulch now to help prevent frost heaving.
- Newspaper and mulch new garden beds for next year.
- Clean up all leaves on the ground and dispose.
- Don’t prune or cut back now as too much moisture will escape and stress the plant.
- Wait for the spring to do any pruning. (Around Tax Day (April 15th) at my house)
- Tie long canes so they don’t blow in the wind and tear the roots.
- After the ground freezes surround base of the rose with an old, large cardboard box (opened on both ends)or burlap (not anything plastic) and fill with 16″ of mulch or compost.
- Please wait for the ground to freeze — too soon and mice will nest in the pile and eat the rose canes.
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