Tips for the Fall Landscape

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.

3 comments (Add your own)

1. Emir wrote:
You can buy the sock with or without copomst inside, if you want to do it more inexpensively. If you want to use your own copomst that's great, you just have to make sure you fill the sock not too tight, not too loose. Potato bags are good too, but the beauty of the socks is that they are made to breathe. That is the point, that the copomst can breathe and stay active so it can release nutrients to the plants. And it doesn't get root bound like a pot.

Thu, October 25, 2012 @ 8:13 AM

2. Lovlin wrote:
I agree worm castings are great I also use a munare tea it makes a lighter fertilizer that your plants can utilize quickly and you can use almost any kind of munare even green munare. Put a shovel full into a burlap bag and drop it in a trash can. then fill the can with water. I use a plastic coffee can to dip it into my watering can if it looks too dark (depending on the kind of munare you use) you can fill the watering can half way and cut it again with water. Do this every week or so depending on how close to harvest you are (tapering off nearer to harvest time) Was this answer helpful?

Thu, October 25, 2012 @ 10:38 PM

3. Hayal wrote:
The Mantis is about the best predator aornud. This time of the year (early spring) is the best time to search the edges of pastures and fields aornud parks for egg cases. They are found on the thin twigs of bushes. Clip them with pruning tools and hang them by short strings about 6 feet apart aornud your garden. They will hatch 50 to 100 little bug eaters about the time your seeds germinate. They will venture about looking for food. You will notice that by the end of the season you will only have one or two big fat ones. If you have any short bushes they should have two or three egg cases that will winter over till next spring.

Sat, October 27, 2012 @ 2:09 AM

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