October 22, 2015
Seasonal Clean Up Check List
While fall is in full swing, it is important to acknowledge that winter is just around the corner. Those cold frigid days are just a few months away, but by taking a few steps in the right direction now, will lead to further success in the spring. Bears, certain birds, bees, squirrels and some humans hibernate for the winter, so does certain elements of our landscape. Establishing a great clean up routine for the season will make spring blooming much easier. So, we have created a check list for you to follow. At Bucks County Gardens, we are here to steer you in the right direction. If you have any questions, or need any further guidance, give us a call or stop in to speak to one of our experts!
- 1. Vegetable Garden- Remove plant debris from their beds. If it’s disease free, put it in the compost pile, otherwise discard separately. Top-dress beds with a 2’’ layer of Bumper Crop after the ground has been tilled lightly.
- 2. Perennials- Water them up until the ground freezes. Check weekly to see if watering is needed. Once the ground is frozen, cut back to 3” and mulch if it’s not already done. You can also leave the foliage and seed heads as a wonderful source of food for our feathered friends!
- 3. Summer Flowering Bulbs- After the first frost blackens the foliage, carefully dig the bulbs up and let them dry on newspaper for a few days. Then, pack them in dry peat moss, Styrofoam peanuts or shredded newspaper and store in a dark humid location at 40-50ºF till spring.
- 4. Roses- Prune back canes by about 1/3 to tidy up for winter. Mulch after the first frost.
- 5. Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs- Make sure you check for water weekly up until the ground freezes.
- 6. Mow your lawn as late into the fall as the grass grows. Grass that’s left too long during the winter can brown due to snow.
- 7. If deer browsing is an issue, spray with a liquid deer repellent, such as Liquid Fence, or apply a granular repellent, like Deer Scram.
- 8. Make sure evergreens that are prone to winter burn damage are sprayed with Wilt Stop. Apply to plants when temperatures are in the 40ºF range. You can also use Burlap or Shrub Jackets.
- 9. Bring tropical plants inside, but make sure they are checked for insects first. They can be treated with an insecticide, like Dr. Earth Insect Control, prior to coming inside. Follow up every 8 weeks with Bonide Systemic Houseplant Control.
- 10. Make sure our feathered friends are being fed regularly as their food supply can grow scarce. A fresh supply of water is also important.
- 11. Make sure that leaves are removed from your lawn prior to the last mowing. If left, they can cause dieback on your lawn. Leaves make great compost as they can be shredded.
- 12. Before you store those garden hoses away, make sure the water is drained out of them completely so as to avoid damage.
- 13. Get a soil PH test done at our Pharmacy. You can also purchase a Penn State Soil Test Kit. It is a great way to find out if you have a nutrient deficiency in your soil.
- 14. Now is a great time to move or divide those spring blooming perennials such as Iris, Brunnera and Dianthus, and late bloomers like Rudebeckia, Geranium’s, Daylilies, Hostas, Coneflowers and Yarrow.
- 15. Drain gas from power equipment engines to keep them from gumming up and causing problems come spring.
- 16. Hire a rubbish removal service to get rid of the dead foliage/branches/etc. Rotting plant-life can affect the overall apperance of your yard as well as create troublesome wildlife problems like mice. We hired a skip and put all our refuse into it, and they hauled it away. Simple and easy!
- Don’t forget, we are here to help! If you have any questions, stop by our pharmacy and speak to one of our specialists. New at Bucks Country Gardens, we are offering Winterizing Services. If you’re unsure of how to get your landscape winter-ready, call our Landscape Design/Build Division for a FREE Consultation.