Fall Landscaping Check List – Part 3 Flowers and Gardens
September 24, 2013
Flowers and gardens
Plant bulbs – Fall is the time to plant crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and other spring-flowering bulbs throughout most of the country. You should plant most bulbs by late October/November, you can plant tulips as late as November.
Protect roses – Most modern hybrid roses are damaged by temperatures below 10 F or so. Mound soil over the plant’s central crown or bud, called the bud union.
Mulch – Mulch after a hard freeze. Spread 2 to 3 inches of compost, composted cedar, pine, or fir bark, weed-free straw, or similar material.
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Cut back and divide perennials – Cut back dead leaves and stems of perennials. Leave those with attractive, dried stems for winter interest. Divide some perennials if they’re overcrowded and if there is still usually about a month until the hard frost.
Dig and store summer bulbs – Dig and store tender bulbs such as tuberous begonias, dahlias, and gladiolus.
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