This guide tells “how and when” to create a beautiful lawn this November…the envy of your neighborhood…
And to prepare it to survive our harsh winter, and thrive next spring.
For homeowners with professional services and DIYers.
1. Fall Color
Up Your Fall Wow Factor.
Take your fall containers and beds a step beyond traditional mums and sunflowers (not that those aren’t great fall flowers—they are a couple of our fall favorites!).
Consider these 10 additions:
– Lady Godiva™ Calendula
– Purple Fountain Grass cultivars Pennisetum setaceum
– Graceful Grasses® Toffee Twist Carex flagellifera
– Sunsatia® and Innocence® Nemesia
– Supertunia® Petunia
– Bright Lights™, Soprano® and Symphony Osteospermum
– Dolce® and Primo® Heuchera
– Fun and Games® Heucherella
– Prairie Winds® ‘Cheyenne Sky’ Panicum
– Rock ‘n Grow® Sedum
Sunsatia® and Innocence® Nemesia, Supertunia® Petunia, Graceful Grasses® Toffee Twist Carex flagellifera
2. Prepare your bulb garden
Autumn is a good time of year to plan ahead for your spring bulb garden.
Choose the right location in your landscape, preferably an area that gets full sun—at least six hours each day.
Think about which flowers you’d like to see next spring in your garden. In addition to tulips and daffodils, consider some less-common bulbs for variety and interest, like the dramatic snake’s head fritillary (fritillaria Meleagris), shown top left, or early-blooming snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), shown bottom left.3. Winter Fertilizer
Apply an Early Winter Fertilizer between October 15th and November 30th.
Because your lawn is recovering from a grueling summer it is more vulnerable to winter damage.
Most of lawn care experts agree that the early winter application of fertilizer is the most important one for lawns.
It promotes a healthy, thriving root system, store vital nutrients for the winter and early spring, and aids the cold hardiness of your turf from winter damage.
4. Winter Mites
Apply a Mite Control Application in November to Mid-December.
Do this if your lawn or your neighborhood had mite damage in 2018.
This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.
Mites can cause considerable damage to your lawn if left undiagnosed and not treated in 3 weeks or less.
Almost all serious injury by grass mites are related to winter drought stress.
South-facing hills with sun exposure are typical areas where turf damage can be expected.
Tony Koski, Turf Specialist at Colorado State University, says, “fall watering of lawns that were damaged by winter mites (clover mites, Banks grass mites) is essential for discouraging mite activity this upcoming winter and reducing potential mite problems.”
5. Thanksgiving Decor
Add to your Halloween pumpkins to make a have the best Thanksgivng decor to welcome family and friends and be the envy of the neighborhood.
6. Fall Clean Up.
Do a Fall Clean Up in November to mid-December.
Take time to put your yard and landscape “to bed” in fall, your lawn will reap the rewards.
Give your lawn a healthy start next spring by managing these fall tasks.
- Trim shrubs and ornamental grasses
- Divide plants. If your perennials are overcrowded, fall is an ideal time to divide the root ball and replant. Cutting back the plants prior to transplanting can help reduce shock.
- Plant fall bulbs. Plant in fall to enjoy spring’s first blooms – crocus, daffodil, tulip. The best time to plant is after the first frost so the bulbs will stay cool all winter. Dig holes for bulbs and fertilize before replacing soil.
- Pick up leaves. Fall cleanup will save time for gardening come spring, and clearing your lawn of leaves and sticks will prevent the heavy, wet foliage from suffocating the turf. Dark, moist environments are breeding grounds for disease.
- Clean up. Wash down the patio furniture and store it for the season. Make sure to pick up toys so they don’t get buried or lost.
7. Winter Mulch.
Mulch after Fall Clean Up in November to mid-December.
Add an inch-thick layer of fresh mulch in plant beds and around trees, but don’t let the mulch touch tree trunks.
Mulch insulates roots and retains water during the winter. It adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes.
A great lawn is like a nice dress, or a well-fitted suit. But what is a dress without shoes? Or jewelry, or a purse?
If you want to make everything come together, and look perfectly finished, you want mulch.
Click Mulch Secrets for more information.
8. Christmas Lights
Do you want to transform the outside of your home into a holiday wonderland?
The holiday season is a time for family and friends.
Enjoy the holidays with dazzling displays that will create memories that last a lifetime.
See our Christmas Video.
Browse our Christmas Online Catalog.
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