Yesterday on 790 AM KURM Radio -The Garden Show we discussed some fall garden maintenance tips. So I wanted to share them with you in case you missed the show.
Nitron Tips for the Fall Landscape:
1. Lawn care - Corn Gluten will help stop those weed seeds from germinating, Corn Gluten also has a 9% N rate!
2. Perennials - Now is the time to divide your perennials! Dig up the entire root and divide at the joint. Replant immediately.
3. Trees - Trim up your established trees and shrubs, cut out the dead limbs and manicure the shape of your gorgeous plants. BUT do not prune your fruiting/spring flowering trees for example ornamental cherries, plum and forsythia. The plants are establishing buds right now for spring bloom.
4. Compost - Add a good layer of compost to your garden beds especially your strawberry beds. This will increase biological activity and water retention in the beds.
5. Prepare your cold frames for extended season growing. build or clean out an existing frame and sow seed! Lettuce, radish, spinach, carrots, collards and herbs are just a few that do very well in a cold frame. Check space requirements for each plant.
6. Cover Crops - There are many benefits to using cover crops in your garden, the benefits vary depending on which cover crop you choose. But regardless of plant variety you will have protection from erosion, increased water retention, help ward off weeds, green manure or brown it will add needed nutrients back into the soil, and improve tilth. All around Great garden practice!
7. Fertilize - Adding a slow to release fertilizer like Nature Meal All purpose will benefit your plants mission to store up the needed food reserves in plant roots to sustain it over the winter months. A light application in the fall will support winter plant health and give it a running start in the spring.
8. Mulch - 2 to 3 added inches of mulch will help keep the root zone protected from harsh temps and drying out in the winter months.
Posted on Thu, September 27, 2012
by Laura Brewer filed under