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November Garden Hints

Use Winterizer to fertilize your lawn now if you haven't fertilized yet this Fall. If you missed the first round in September, use one and one half times the normal amount to make up for the missed application. Follow up with another application in late December.

Plant pansies now to replace the annuals that were killed by frost or to add a splash of color through the winter. Planted now, pansies will give you color throughout the Fall, Winter and into the Spring!

Keep deer from eating your pansies by covering the plants with a piece of bird netting. The fine black mesh will be almost invisible in the landscape, while protecting the plants from hungry deer.

Start forcing amaryllis and paperwhite narcissus bulbs now for color through the holidays. These are the easiest bulbs to force in the house. Just pot them up, water regularly, and watch them go!

Store extra fertilizers in a cool, dry place for the winter. Moisture will cause damage to the fertilizer and make it unspreadable next season.

Store all lawn and garden chemicals in a heated area to protect them from freezing. Freezing temperatures can rob pesticides of their effectiveness, rendering them useless against pests next season.

Make sure leaves are not allowed to stay on lawn areas for extended periods. The leaves can mat down and damage the lawn by smothering the grass. This is especially a problem on recently seeded areas. Use a leaf blower instead of a rake if the seedlings are tender.

Fertilize your shrubs and groundcover later this month with Azalea, Camellia, & Rhododendron Food or Multi-Purpose Fertilizer. Even though the top of the plant is dormant during the winter, the roots will continue to grow. Fertilizing in the Fall ensures that the plant will have all the reserves it needs when growth starts in the Spring, as well as a strong, healthy root system.

Thoroughly clean all sprayers and spray equipment for winter storage. Make sure there is no spray solution left in the tank over the winter. Freezing and time will deteriorate the product and could damage the equipment. The best way to dispose of excess spray solution is to use it according to label directions. Please do not dump lawn or garden chemicals or the rinse water from spray equipment down drains. This is very damaging to the environment.

Make sure you get as many of the leaves out of your water garden as you can. As the leaves decay through the Winter, they can produce methane gas. If trapped under the ice on a frozen pond, the gas can become lethal to the fish. The leaves also contribute to the build-up of sediment on the bottom of the pond.

This is a perfect time to transplant your deciduous shrubs. Once the leaves have fallen, the moisture demands for the plant are drastically reduced. This reduces stresses during and after transplanting. The long winter months also provide an extended period for the plant to grow a healthy new root system for the Spring and Summer.