Monday, September 27, 2021

Fall Yard & Garden Care

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Apply Turkey Trot as an organic fall fertilizer. 
Turkey Trot is a granular, organic fertilizer that will build up in your soil, improving it year by year.  
It can be used in gardens, flower beds and on the lawn.  A little goes a long way. A 5 kg bag is equal to half a  cubic yard of manure.
Mid October -
Rake and clean up all leaves and debris from lawn.
Top-dress and over seed to improve the appearance of your lawn.
End of October -
Cut the grass short to a height of 2 ½” at the end of October. A lower height will help soil dry more quickly in the spring. This will also help prevent vole damage.
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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 your vegetable plants had any disease or bug issues discard in the garbage and do not add to your compost pile.
Apply Clay Buster to your flower beds and gardens. Clay Buster is a combination of calcium, sulphur and humic acid that will break up heavy clay particles present in soils, allowing roots of plants to seek out rich nutrients that are usually abundant in such soils.  One bag will cover 1000 sq. feet. 33lb bag - $29.99
Get your beds ready for fall planting or spring gardening.  Add organic matter such as peat moss, coco, compost, or
manure.  This can help improve aeration and drainage, as well as supply nutrients. This can be done in addition to
Clay Buster to give the soil a good boost for next year. In total you can apply 1-2 inches of materials on top of your 
existing soil. Once applied it is a good idea to till or turn the soil to mix the amendments with the existing soils.
Steer Manure 15kg - $5.99/ Sheep Manure 18kg - $5.99/ Mushroom Manure 9 kg - $4.99
Plant shrubs, evergreens, trees and perennials.  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. 
Mid October -
Remove summer bulbs and store in peat moss or vermiculite indoors for the winter.
Plant your tulips using bulb food and fresh garden soil. Soak the bulbs in “Plantskyd” prior to planting to prevent squirrels from digging them up!
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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.
Mid October -
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. 
Late October -
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 °C.  It also can be applied in early spring when the buds on the plants are swollen, but before they leaf out.
Apply “No Bite” to protect from winter animal damage. Be sure to spray as high as animals can reach after the snow has fallen. Be sure to spray right to ground level to prevent vole damage on the base of trees.
At the end of October peat moss, leaves or flax straw can be mounded around sensitive plants and perennials to protect over winter.
Water regularly till the ground is frozen. Sometimes a last water is needed in November if we have a late fall. 
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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. Water is required in November if we have a late fall.
Late October -
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. Note - We were unable to get burlap this fall.
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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Fall Gardening Tips and Tricks

Fall is an especially important time for your gardens.  It is a great time to make changes and take a few steps that will ensure your garden looks great next spring.  Throughout September and October, the soil’s temperature is still warm enough that transplanted and newly planted plants can still establish themselves.  
It is a great time to add some more color to your garden or containers.  Annual Fall Chrysanthemums are an excellent way to add some color to those annual areas that are looking tired.
Now is the time to relocate plants that are in the wrong spot.  If that perennial is hidden in the back behind everything else, move it up front where it can be seen.  Are your Hostas in too much sun? Or a rose bush in too much shade?  Now is the time to move them.  When transplanting plants, it is a great idea to apply Myke Root Supplement around the roots.  This will give them an extra boost.
Perennials should be divided when they are overgrown.  Dividing a perennial when it is not doing well will result in poor establishment.  Some perennials will start to die out in the center of the mass.  This is a sure sign it is time to divide.  This is quite common among grasses, irises and sedum.  Most perennials can be divided in fall or spring. As a rule of thumb divide spring and early summer flowering varieties in the fall and fall flowering varieties in the spring.  If you are willing to sacrifice some blooms you can divide most fall flowering varieties now.
 The following is a brief outline of how to divide your perennials.
* Dig out the perennial in question using a spade, at the plant’s drip line - where the leaves end.
* Clean off the larger chunks of soil, looking for insects and signs of disease.
* Using a sharp knife (an old steak knife works great) cut the perennials into several divisions.  Each new plant should contain two to four eyes (new buds).  
  This will give you a nice size plant in the spring.
* Now replant the new sections.  Adding some organic matter such as peat moss and manure around the new plants is an excellent idea, as well as using Myke
Root Supplement
* Water the plants thoroughly once planted.
Fall is an excellent time to plant new shrubs, trees and perennials.  The temperatures are not as extreme as they are in the summer months.  This will allow for less transplant shock.  Again, using Myke's Root Supplement is very beneficial with new plantings.  
September and October are the best months to clean up the shrub beds and add amendments to the soil.  This will help get them ready for spring.  Keeping shrub beds and gardens free of weeds will limit the number of seeds and roots that will over winter and start growing next spring.  Also having a clean shrub beds and gardens will reduce the number of pests and diseases that will over winter. 
In late October it is essential to mulch your perennials and shrubs.  This will help them over winter.  We suggest the use of GARDEN STRAW.  This comes as a clean, weed, pest and disease-free product.  It will help protect those tender perennials as well as keep moisture in the ground.  
It is also essential to protect your plant from wildlife.  Bunnies, deer and mice love to feed on your shrubs and trees over winter.  This can severely damage or even kill some plants.  For example, an apple tree that has been chewed around the trunk will not regrow in the spring.  One of the best methods of protecting your trees and shrubs is to apply SKOOT in late fall. (available in October)  This is a repellent that will repel deer and rabbits.  Skoot can be applied to trees, shrubs, and evergreens.  Remember to spray high enough to account for the winter’s snow fall.  As an extra measure using one or two tree guards around a tree’s trunk is also recommended. 
Finally, remember to clean out your annual containers in late fall to remove some of the soil, to prepare for a winter arrangement.  This will allow you to place a winter arrangement insert into the pot.   In early November we switch out our front door décor to winter arrangements.   Removing approximately 15” soil from the pot easily allows you to place an insert into the pot.  Using an insert allows you to make your arrangement in the comfort of your house or pick up one of our custom-made pots.
Best Wishes & Happy Fall
Susan Jensen Stubbe
Jensen Nursery and Garden Center.
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