Often, due to lack of time, or fine day in October, we don’t clean the garden before November. Keep your garden looking beautiful well into the fall season by trimming hedges, weeding and “dead heading” flowers no longer in bloom. From the garden bring out the stakes and rope that served as the underpinnings of certain types of plants. Clean the stakes and keep them to use next year. Plants destroyed by the frosts, we also should removed from the ground, chop and compost or plow. If these plants remain in the area, pose a threat as a potential source of disease and pests. Do not bother to clean up leaves until all of them have fallen. To rake leaves most effectively, start at the outer corner of your garden and either rake straight lines or rake from the outer corner inwards. If you have space, then keep the leaves to make compost. They are great for compost.
Do you really want to have a beauitifully manicured lawn? It is really only a bit of work to get a lush green lawn and anyone can do it. You don’t have to use chemicals to have a beautiful lawn. In fact, your lawn will be much healthier if you ban the use of chemicals. In addition, chemicals can poison soil and contaminate water. Use the following tips to get your lawn off drugs.
• Remove weeds by hand. It’s the best type of weed control. Eighty percent of all weeds are annuals. If you remove them before they go to seed, you will be rid of them. If some weeds in your lawn are perennials, dig out the entire root system to ensure they can’t grow back.
• Tolerate beneficial weeds, such as clover. Clover is a nitrogen magic plant that will enhance the health and beauty of your lawn.
Sages (Salvias) are a large group of plants including annual, biennials, perennials and shrubs that are found in many gardens. Some are hardy, others that come from the tropics are greenhouse plants. The common sage, Salvia officinalis, and its varieties has been the best culinary herb for centuries and was formerly used in herbal medicine to treat many diseases.
An evergreen perennial or subshrub the leaves are often dried and stored for use and it is the main ingredient in sage and onion stuffing, a traditional accompaniment for roast poultry. It is also used to flavour fish, meat and cheese dishes.
One of the most popular choices for your garden or landscape design is the Japanese Maple. Japanese maples (Acer palmatum) are small, deciduous trees grown for their graceful habit, fall color and beautiful foliage which may be coloured or deeply dissected. Many acers grow extremely slowly and are perfect in a smaller garden, grown in large containers. Japanese maples, Acer palmatum and Acer japonicum varieties, are an extremely diverse range of plants in terms of size, shape and leaf colour. The leaves may change in colour from spring to summer to autumn, but few other trees can match the magnificent autumn displays of the Japanese Maples. Where possible we have shown pictures of both the spring and autumn leaf colours.
Gardeners in colder climates must prepare their roses for the winter. The best time to make these preparations is late autumn.
Frost, wind, snow and freezing days aren’t enough to stop this blooming beauty, so if you’re putting your garden to bed, wait to tuck your roses in until nights in your area are consistently 26 degrees F. Until then, they’ll continue to bloom even though the weather has us shivering. The growing season has come to an end, but the winter hibernation period for your roses has not yet begun either. Your roses are in a kind of slowing down, holding pattern. If you are a rose gardener, you can wonder what to do with yourself during the months of November and December.
Deadheading blooms in October – where old, spent flowers are removed – should be done without stimulating the plant to grow new shoots. By clipping the blossoms just below the flower, but well above the leaves, you’ll get rid of decaying petals without getting new growth.
If you plan to grow large trees or shrubs, you need an equally large container. It must be in proportion with the plant and must blend in with the design of your garden.
There are a number of things to think about when considering large containers. Many large plants, trees and fruit shrubs will need as large a container as you can provide, if they are to flourish and attain anywhere near their potential proportions.
Larger plants are best grown in raised beds or in special large containers chosen so that they fit in with the overall design of the garden. Even large containers need to have drainage at the bottom and an automatic watering system is of great assistance in keeping the plants moist.