Bulbs. Plant spring flowering bulbs now! Pick some up at Evergreen Nursery while our selection is still great!
Pots. Plant up pots for a colorful Thanksgiving display. Come into the Nursery for help and suggestions.
Plant. There is still time to plant trees for outstanding fall foliage. Shop now to get the color you want. Think about Chinese Pistache, Japanese Maple & Crape Myrtle. Groundcovers, shrubs, trees, and vines all benefit from fall planting, when temperatures are cooling and rain is on the way. Before buying plants, learn their ultimate height and spread. Allow room for them to grow.
Fertilize. Your last feeding of the season should be happening now. Use fertilizers that are low in Nitrogen and high in Phosphorus and Potassium, such as E.B. Stone Organics UltraBloom 0-10-10.
Seeds. Plant seeds for Sweet Peas now, or come spring, you’ll be sorry!
Annuals. Plant your cool season Annuals: Try pansy, calendula, nemisia, ornamental cabbage and kale, primrose, snapdragon, stock and viola. Make sure to get them in before the end of this month, or they will pout until spring.
Clean up debris. To reduce the number of sites that harbor insects and diseases over winter, pull and discard weeds, spent annuals, and vegetables. Also clean up all fruit and fallen leaves. Compost only plant debris that’s free of disease, insect pests, and weeds. Keep up with raking leaves before the rains come. Don’t let them collect, as this invites disease.
Pay Special Attention to areas to cleanup around peonies, roses, bearded iris and other flowers that are prone to fungal diseases; don’t leave any debris in place. Do not add any diseased leaves to the compost.
Rake & Compost Leaves. Rake up dried leaves of deciduous trees and shrubs and put them in the compost. These leaves supply much needed carbon to heat up and break down the nitrogen in grass and other green plant material in your compost bin. Keep adding these leaves (you can save a can or bag full and add some each week) and by spring you’ll have some beautiful, rich compost to work into your soil.
Roses. Instead of deadheading your roses this month, let the fading blooms stay on the plant. This will force the rose bush to form hips, which helps the plant slow down in preparation for the January pruning season. Because cold winters are not a certainty here, roses have problems entering complete dormancy in our area. Allowing them to form hips tells them to “take a nap”!
Garden Resolutions. As you walk your garden assessing what’s happening this fall, bring a notepad and pencil and jot down things you might want to change or do differently in the upcoming year. Not enough fall color? Come to Evergreen while the leaves are still changing and clinging to trees and shrubs and pick up something to add that autumn interest. Need more evergreens to take you thru winter? Think about small shrubs such as Mugo Pine or Westringia, or larger conifers, camellias or other evergreen trees.
Lawn Care. Mow lawn to a height of 1.5″. Switch for GreenAll Fall & Winter Feed or a low Nitrogen fertilizer.
Divide perennials. If perennials like agapanthus, candytuft, coreopsis, daylilies, society garlic and penstemon are overgrown or not flowering well, it’s time to dig and divide them. Use a spading fork or shovel to lift clumps, then cut the clumps into sections. Replant sections in well-amended soil and keep moist while new roots develop.
Veggies. There’s still time this month to sow seeds for beets, carrots, chard, onions, lettuce and other greens starts.
Fruit Trees. Control diseases by cleaning up debris and fallen leaves around fruit trees, and remove any dried fruit from branches. To control brown rot on apricots, and peach leaf curl on peach and nectarine trees, spray with Bonide® Liquid Copper Fungicide or Monterey Liqui-Cop after leaves fall. Apply sprays on dry days when rain isn’t predicted for at least 36 hours. Thoroughly cover the branches, stems, and trunk as well as the ground beneath the tree.
Cover Crops. Many summer vegetable crops are heavy feeders, meaning they use up a lot of nutrients in the soil. If you aren’t planting cool weather veggies this year, it’s a good idea to plant a cover crop where you’ve pulled out your summer vegetable plants. Cover crops, such as fava beans and purple vetch and crimson clover, will replace the nitrogen and improve overall soil fertility, improve soil structure (loosening compact soil), and prevent erosion. You can find seeds for cover crops here at Evergreen Nursery.
Control Weeds. This is the gardener’s never-ending battle. Stop weeds like oxalis and broadleaf types in your lawn with Bonide Weed Beater Ultra. Throughout your beds, spot treat with Bonide® KleenUp.