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                According to our trusted weather team at NBC 12 the weather forecast for the first two weeks of November is to have temperatures above normal for this time of year.  This means that we have no threat of a killing frost.
                But, we don’t have that much rain in our forecast to go along with the warm temperatures.  KEEP ALL THESE NEWLY PLANTED PLANTS WATERED.  We need to continue to water new trees and shrubs until the ground freezes.  We NEVER  want plants to go into a cold spell dry.
Here are some other bullet point gardening tips to think about this month:
  1.  Now is an excellent time to dig up and divide overcrowded iris, daylilies, hostas, and others.  Be sure to add organic matter to the soil before replanting.
  2. Yes, we are having some warm temperatures this November BUT tropical houseplants need to be prepped and ready to come inside.
  3. Some of you have poinsettia plants living and thriving from last year.  In order to get your poinsettia to “bloom” for Christmas, now is when you need to start the short-day treatment .  To get your poinsettia to show color this year requires cool night temperatures and twelve hours of undisturbed darkness.
  4. You can safely plant tulip bulbs.  Keep in mind that tulip bulbs like cooler soil temperatures to thrive so make sure to plant the bulbs 12” deep.
  5. If you love to feed the birds, now is a good time to set out the birdfeeders.  AND -   a birdfeed makes a great holiday gift to someone.
  6. Because of this warm trend, now is NOT a good time to do any pruning on evergreens.  Once we have some frost and freezing weather that sends our evergreens into a dormant state, then we can safely shape them and prune them.  Let’s hope that this happens near Thanksgiving so that we can use some of these cuttings for holiday decorating.
  7. Closer to Thanksgiving is the time to apply our last feeding to our lawns.  This timely feeding aids in the development of a strong root system.  With a strong root system, your lawn will be better able to withstand drought conditions next summer.
  8. Take a walk through your gardens as the fall season winds down.  Take time to reflect on the successes and failures of your gardens this year.  Make notes in a tablet for new things to try and things to fix next spring.
Posted: 11/1/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 2 comment(s)
Herman Morris
Please clarify how deep to plant tulips...not 12" or 2". Maybe 6" to 8" inches?
11/5/2016 7:42:24 AM

lynn petrazzuolo
I think you mean 2" deep for the tulips, not 12". Right?
11/3/2016 3:28:32 PM

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