The fall season is upon us and winter is approaching fast. Inexperienced gardeners may think that means a lull in activity but more knowledgeable ones understand that there are still plenty of things to do to get ready for next year. Here are just a few suggestions for where to start:
Plant Bulbs – It is important to get these in the ground before it freezes so that the plants have some time to root and establish themselves. Then they will be ready for an early spring thaw and you will have flowers as early as possible.
Divide and Transplant – Similarly, transplanting is best done now so that the plants are acclimatized to their new environment and ready to bloom at the earliest possible time.
Fertilize the Lawn – Don’t forget your lawn. The winter months create a long hiatus when your grass won’t be receiving much nourishment. A little fertilizer in the fall will go a long way towards keeping your lawn green now and in the spring.
For more information on these and other garden care ideas, please visit us at Marvin Gardens.
Just because winter is rapidly approaching doesn’t mean you should abandon your garden. Taking care of your garden before winter hits will protect your plants, help ensure a successful spring planting season, and promote the ongoing health of your garden.
Before winter hits make sure to:
Mulch around trees and shrubs. Adding mulch around the bases of shrubs and trees helps to moderate the temperature of the soil. Avoid piling the mulch and building it up against the base of the trunk. This creates the perfect spot for mice to nest.
Cut back shrubs and perennials. Different shrubs and perennials require different levels of pruning. For example, Black Eyed Susans can be cut back completely but lavender does best with a moderate cut back. Consult the professionals at Marvin Gardens for advice about cutting back your specific plants.
Water one last time. If the ground hasn’t frozen yet you should take the opportunity to liberally water one last time. This provides needed moisture for trees, plants, and shrubs during the cold winter season.
For more winter gardening tips contact our gardening experts at Marvin Gardens today.
The days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker outside early and earlier with each passing day. But this doesn’t mean that you have to cut your outdoor entertainment short. There are many creative ways to light up your garden and outdoor living space this fall from rustic tabletop candelabras to elegant hanging garden lanterns, there are many options to choose from. Walking paths are especially fun to illuminate as soft lights can be strung from along rungs or over walkway greenery to a charming and whimsical glow while still providing warm lighting for guests to see. Other options include outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and tiki torches. Fire places and fire pits provide heat as well as light on chilly autumn evenings; fire features also create a centerpiece for gatherings.
Marvin Gardens has a wide variety of unique garden accessories to suit your sophisticated taste. Contact us today to learn more about our exquisite collection for your landscape today!