All the fall color sure is beautiful at this time of the year, all the trees and shrubs are radiating a wide range of orange, red, and yellow and getting ready for their dormant period. However it is still an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. The cool temperatures make for ideal conditions to plant in. When you plant in the Fall it is important to remember to always have root stimulater as well as our Agriform Tablets. These products will help ensure that your plants comes out healthy and strong in the spring. This time of the year as I expressed in our last blog this is an excellent time to prune your trees and shrubs also.For your trees it is a great time to see the "bones' if you will of the tree making for easy determination of pruning locations on the tree. After pruning it is a good idea on some trees depending on the limb size to put some Pruning Paint on the fresh cuts.By doing this you are protecting from infection and disease that might get into your tree, as well as protecting that cut from the winter elements. After your pruning is complete put tree wrap on your trees to the first branch then put some mulch around the base for insulation and a happy healthy tree.
Bulbs Bulbs Bulbs!!!!!
With all this cool temperature we have been getting it is an excellent time to get those fall bulbs in the ground. This is the time to prep for those wonderful spring flowers, there is nothing like having a full bed of blooming Tulips or Iris's with all those radiant colors welcoming spring with a wonderful show. It is extremely easy to plant bulbs, simply dig your hole roughly 6 inches deep and 4 inches wide put your bulb in the hole with the pointy end of the bulb facing up towards the sun.Cover with soil and compost and a layer of mulch on the top to keep it insulated.
So we have been receiving a lot of questions about when to prune and how much to prune off of certain plants.So lets talk about pruning your perennials first, most of these guys can be pruned back quite a ways back to the roughly to about 4 to 6 inches above the ground. There are some plants like Salvia or Russian Sage that can be pruned back to the ground. The end of October is usually the best time to prune as most of the plants will be dormant at this point in the year. After you have your plants all cut back it is a good idea to cover your perennials with a thin layer of mulch to help keep them protected.