Even though we entered into the fall season over three weeks ago, this week it is finally starting to actually feel like fall. The leaves are turning all sorts of colors, from vibrant yellows and reds, to deep shades of purple, and winds are starting to pick up, pushing out the warm air of summer and bringing in the cool air of winter.
With this noticeable shift in the seasons, here are some reminders of things you should be doing to make sure everything from your annual flower pots, to your trees and shrubs, to your tools and machinery are taken care of and ready for next spring.
Plant Your Bulbs
Many spring-blooming bulbs such as Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Irises and so many more are best planted in late September and October. So head into our Garden Center and pick out some of your favorite spring colors and get them planted before the ground freezes.
Dig Up Tender Bulbs
Certain more tropical bulbs and tubers such as Cannas, Dahlias, and Caladiums may have a difficult time withstanding the freezing temperatures of winter. To make sure that you do not lose them entirely, dig them up soon after the trees being to change colors. These bulbs can be stored in a cool, dry place and replanted next spring!
Cut Back Perennials
Once your perennials have died off for the season, cutting back any dead growth will prepare the plants for a strong comeback in the spring. Certain varieties can be left standing throughout the winter, such as Black Eyed Susans, Echinacea, or ornamental grasses. However they will need to be cut back in the spring to make way for new growth. If you have more questions on which perennials to cut back, and which ones to leave for the winter, let us know! We are happy to help.