Thursday, October 01, 2015

Fall Yard & Garden Care

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 FALL HAS ARRIVED!
TIME TO PREPARE YOUR YARD FOR THE WINTER (BRRR!) AHEAD!

DEER, RABBITS & VOLE PROTECTION
Soon the deer, rabbits and small critters like mice and voles will be looking for new sources of food. Once the leaves are gone and the grass is covered by snow these animals will turn to the next closest source. Which is usually our valued trees and shrubs. So before the snow comes you need to protect your plants. Here are some options to help protect your yard.
 
SKOOT - APPLY WHEN SHRUBS & TREES ARE DORMANT
Applying skoot is one of the best methods to protect your plants. Skoot is a repellent that was developed to taste bad to the animals, after one taste they won't come back for more. It is can be applied once the trees and shrubs are dormant. But before it gets below zero during the day time.
 
You can apply Skoot by painting the undiluted product directly on the bark or by diluting it with equal parts of water and spraying it on the plants using a pump sprayer. This is the easiest way by far. For shrubs, you want to apply a light spray of Skoot starting at the base of the plant and going approximately four to five feet high. You have to picture how high up can a rabbit reach when it is sitting on top of the snow in mid winter. 
 
For trees you want a light spray on all sides of the trunk and on the lower branches again in the 4-5 ft range. Make sure that you get all sides of the trunk.
 
DOKTOR DOOM - NO BITE - APPLY ANYTIME
NEW! No Bite Animal Repellant
 
New from the Doktor Doom line of products is No Bite, a long lasting animal repellant for both wild and domestic animals. Works for both wild and domestic animals and works on a wide variety of animals; deer, cats & dogs, porcupines, mice & voles and more. Even works on some species of birds. With just two applications the plant will deter pests for up to one whole year. Active ingredient is denatonium benzoate - the bitterest compound known. Unlike blood based/fear repellants, No Bite contains Cedar Oil. The addition of this fragrance means it can be used near patios and sitting areas. The pressurized container makes it very easy to apply, sprays in any direction. Can be applied to both plant material and hard surfaces such as fences.
 
 
PLANTSKYDD - Can be sprayed on trees and shrubs to prevent deer and rabbits from eating your plants over the fall season. It will not last all winter so it would have to be reapplied mid winter by using warm water in the sprayer. It can also be sprayed over a lawn after you have done your final cut. This will prevent voles from wrecking your lawn. It is a great product to dip your tulips in before you plant. This will stop the squirells from digging them up!

GARDENS AND BEDS
 
Dig up and discard annuals, and vegetable plants to put in your compost pile. Dig up and discard any weeds in the garbage. Rake up any fallen leaves and debris in your flower beds. Fallen leaves can hold diseases that may overwinter.If you did have fungus on your plants work garden sulphur into the soil to prevent fungus from recurring in that spot next year. Remove summer bulbs and store in peat moss or vermiculite indoors for the winter. Apply Granual Gypsum to your flowers beds, and gardens.This can be tilled into the soil. It is a soil conditioner that will soften hard and clay soils. It also improves soil drainage and helps maintain a healthy balance of nutrients for the plants. Get your beds ready for fall planting or spring gardening. Add organic matter such as peat moss, Turkey Trot, coco, compost, or manure.This can help improve aeration and drainage, as well as supply nutrients. This can be done in addition to granular gypsum to give the soil a really good boost for next year. Plant your tulips using bulb food and fresh garden soil. Soak the bulbs in Plantskydd prior to planting to prevent squirrels from digging them up! Plant shrubs, evergreens, and perennials. FALL SALE ON -  20% OFF ALL PLANTS AND WEEKLY HALF PRICE DEALS! Early fall planting gives new plants enough time to get their roots established before winter. Use a growth supplement such as Myke to help stimulate healthy roots, and prevent transplant shock.
 
SHRUBS, TREES, PERENNIALS
 
Put down fertilizer spikes in late October ( 3 spikes for every 2" of trunk at chest height) When spring arrives, the fertilizer spikes will break down early with the heat and moisture and will give your tree an early boost! We have "Evergreen Spikes" "Tree Spikes" and "Fruit Tree Spikes" available!
 
A treatment of Myke can be given to any shrubs or trees that have been stressed or not growing well. This is done by putting holes in the ground around the root ball of the shrub or tree. The Myke is poured down the holes, then watered in.
If your plants have had problems with fungus, mold, mildew, blight, or insects Dormant Oil will prevent these from wintering over. It can be applied once the leaves have dropped if the temperature is above 5 degrees Celcius. It also can be applied in early spring when the buds on the plants are swollen, but before they leaf out. Perennials can be moved or split safely now. Use a growth supplement such as Myke to stimulate new root growth. Spring flowering perennials can be cut back. Fall flowering perennials can be left to enjoy over the winter. At the end of October peat moss can be mounded around sensitive plants and perennials to protect over winter.
Water regularly till the ground is frozen.

EVERGREEN AND CEDAR CARE
 
Fertilize with Evergreen Spikes in late October.
If evergreens have been stressed over the summer a treatment of Myke around the roots will help it repair any root damage that may have occurred.
Throughout September and October water evergreens weekly so they can build up their water stores until spring. The moisture is important to help them through our harsh winters. Any cedars that are in a sunny location can be sprayed with an antitranspirant Wilt-Pruf to protect against spring moisture loss. Any newly planted cedars can be protected with burlap and a frame made with wooden stakes. It is very important that the burlap does not touch the cedars.

FALL LAWN CARE

1. APPLY FALL FERTILIZER NOW, IF NOT OVERSEEDING YOUR LAWN.
 
2. APPLY PLANTSKYDD TO PREVENT VOLE DAMAGE
 
3. IF OVERSEEDING - MOW GRASS TO ABOUT 1 ½ " OVERSEEDING IS SEEDING OVER EXISTING GRASS TO FILL IN BARE PATCHES AND THICKEN UP THE GRASS TO CHOKE OUT WEEDS.
 
4. BAG OR RAKE UP ALL THE GRASS CLIPPINGS.
 
5. DO A CORE AERATION - JUST PUT ON YOUR GOLF SHOES AND WALK OVER THE LAWN!!!
 
6. SPREAD ABOUT ¼ " OF SCREENED TOPSOIL OR PEAT MOSS AND RAKE IT IN. I LIKE USING PEAT MOSS AS IT HAS NO WEEDS. WHEN USING PEAT MOSS, PUT IT IN A WHEELBARROW OR MUCK BUCKET AND ADD WATER UNTIL IT BECOMES LIKE A THICK SOUP. THEN APPLY IT TO YOUR LAWN AND RAKE IT IN.
 
7.CHOOSE A GOOD QUALITY OF GRASS SEED PREFERABLY WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF FESCUE, RYE AND KENTUCKY BLUE GRASS.
 
8.BROADCAST THE SEED WITH A GRASS OR FERTILIZER SPREADER.
 
9.. USE A ROLLER OR TAMP THE GRASS SEED DOWN WITH YOUR RAKE. IT MUST COME IN CONTACT WITH THE SOIL TO GERMINATE.
 
10. WATER.
 
11. DORMANT SEEDING IS DONE MID TO LATE OCTOBER, JUST BEFORE THE FIRST SNOW. SEEDS WILL LAY DORMANT UNDER THE SOIL AND GERMINATE IN EARLY SPRING WITH THE HEAT AND MOISTURE.
 
12. IN EARLY SPRING THE SEEDS WILL GERMINATE WITH THE HEAT AND MOISTURE AND CHOKE OUT THE WEEDS!
 
13. ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL GREEN, THICK LAWN!
 
 
 
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