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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - NOVEMBER GARDEN CHORES

  1.  Once you have a garden or lawn soil test completed and you have acquired the pH reading, November is a good month to apply dolomitic limestone to the garden or lawn so that fall rain and winter rain or snow can wash it into the soil.
  2. A November application of fertilizer is very beneficial to a lawn of cool-season fescue grasses.  It promotes root development without excessive top growth.  The grass roots will store the nutrients through the winter and release it in the early spring.
  3. Now is a good time to divide and transplant perennials
  4. Plant tulip bulbs closer to Thanksgiving when are soil temperature is below 60F.  Be sure to plant tulip bulbs 10 to 12 inches deep.
  5. Protect your outdoor water fountains now.  Drain them to prevent cracking and cover fountains so that they do not collect rain water.
  6. A nice, sunny day in November is an excellent time to take a walk through your gardens.  Take time to reflect on the successes and failures of your gardens this year.  Make notes for new things to try and things to fix next spring.
  7. Don’t forget our feathered friends this month.  November is a good month to hang a bird feeder.
Posted: 10/31/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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