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The temperatures are starting to drop and the days are getting shorter, but it’s not time to hang up those gardening gloves just yet. There is a lot left to do before winter comes in full force, check out our tips and suggestions below.
Increase Humidity- For houseplants many start to get dry and brown this time of year. To help fix or prevent brown leaves you can try a couple of ways to increase the humidity: grouping plants together, using pebble trays, or running a humidifier in the same room.
Let there be light- Since the days are getting shorter, your houseplants may not be receiving enough light. Make sure to bring plants closer to the window or add some artificial light.
Note: Avoid putting the plant against windowpanes.
Lighten up on the water- The growing season is slowing down which means the watering can too. Most houseplants won’t need as much water or fertilizer this time of year.
Lawn and Garden
Fertilize- Put down Step 4 for your lawn to keep it happy and healthy through the winter months.
Mowing around- Your grass may need a few more cuts before winter really hits, be sure to mow high so the grass can protect the soil.
Wrap it up- For young or thin-barked trees wrap the trunks with tree wrap to prevent bark splitting.
Rake it up- The leaves are falling quick and it’s time to break out the rake. Don’t forget to pile up any other dead plant debris in the garden.
Outdoor protection- If you are worried about newly planted perennials, bulbs, or garden beds mulch with straw or chopped leaves after they become dormant. Purdue Extension says for the best protection for roses you should “mound soil approximately 12 inches high to insulate the graft union after plants are dormant and temperatures are cold.” Additional organic mulch such as straw compost or chopped leaves can be layered on top.
Bulbs- If you plan on keeping your summer bulbs like dahlias and gladiolus be sure to dig them up and store (keep in a place around 50 degrees.) For spring bulbs there is still time to plant those tulips and daffodils.
Store indoors- You may have leftover garden chemicals you’ll want to keep for next year. Store those in the garage or shed (where it’s away from children and pets) that way they won’t dry or freeze up when the temperature drops.
Empty and Drain- Hoses, fountains, irrigation systems all need to be clear of standing water. We don’t want broken equipment next spring due to water freeze!
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