Gardening Tips and Tricks for Late Autumn

 


Article by: Karen Peralta

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When you feel that first solid bite in the breeze and you see the songbirds winging their way south, and the trees , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles are bursting with fire-laden hues, you know you can't be spending the weekend curled up by the fireplace with a good book. Not for long.

While the weather , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 is still gardener-friendly, you must shorten your "to-do" lists for the coming of late fall , Creativity with Ponds and early winter. , Growing Asparagus Now is the time to attack your lawn , Creativity with Ponds and garden , Using Vines to Beautify Your House by planting your spring , How to Grow a Pineapple bulbs, buying and maintaining your trees , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond and shrubs, , Gardening - The Mulberry doing your late autumn , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump lawn care, using common-sense watering strategies, building , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses a compost , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil bin and making your own compost, , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 controlling the many common garden , Growing Asparagus pests, and winning at the weed-whacking war before the sudden onset of the fickle, cold , Gardening - The Mulberry and all-enveloping winter season. , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features

Planting Your Perennials

Plant the spring-flowering bulbs , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick until the ground becomes frozen, and prepare your tender but tenacious perennials , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed for the coming seasonal changes. , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed Remember that in the milder climates, , Growing Great Strawberries bulbs , Garden Planning can still be divided and transplanted. Plant , Gardening and Flowers hardy bulbs , Gardening - The Mulberry anytime before the soil , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense freezes, but it's best to plant , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick them early enough so the root , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil systems can grow , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Successfully before winter , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick arrives. In some climates, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails you can plant , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 until Thanksgiving or even Christmas. Late-planted bulbs , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last develop roots , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses in the spring, , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn and may bloom late. But they'll arrive on time by next year.

Be sure to position the bulbs , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully at their proper depth. They must be planted so their bottoms rest at a depth two-and-a-half times each bulb's diameter. In well-drained or sandy soil, , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles plant , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore an inch or two deeper to increase life and discourage rodents.

Choosing Your Trees , Harvesting Herbs and Shrubs

October is a wonderful time to shop for trees , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? and shrubs , The Basics Of Pruning at the nursery. They're now showing their best and brightest colors , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last there. You can plant , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? them now and over the next few months, so that strong, healthy , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region roots will grow , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers over the winter. , Straw Bale Culture Technique

You must carefully plan , Ideas For Your Front Yard Landscaping Project out your landscape , Summer Vacation and Your Pond to choose which trees , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One you wish to plant , Straw Bale Culture Technique for providing proper lawn , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard coverage and the most beautiful , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well scenery. When an appropriate tree , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond is purchased, selected and planted in the right place, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails it frames your home , How to Grow a Pineapple and beautifies your land, making both more enjoyable. Trees , Gardening and Flowers can greatly increase the resale value of property, , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed and even save , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes you on energy , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers costs.

Visualize your new trees , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails at maturity while realizing that some trees , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond develop as much width as height if given enough space to develop. Picture each tree's size and shape in relation to the overall landscape , How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI and the size and style of your home. , Garden Planning Trees , Feed the Birds peaking at forty feet do best near or behind a one-story home. , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully Taller trees , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard blend with two-story houses , Myths About Lawns and large lots. Trees , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features under thirty feet tall suit streetside locations, , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last small lots and enclosed areas such as decks , Straw Bale Culture Technique and patios. , Straw Bale Culture Technique

There are two basic types of trees , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick you will be considering for purchase. Deciduous trees , Feed the Birds include large shade trees , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden which frame areas with a cool summer , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden canopy and a colorful autumn , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn rack of superior colors. , Feed the Birds In winter, , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden their silhouettes provide passage for sunlight. These trees , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? can shade a southern exposure from summertime heat, , Myths About Lawns and allow winter , Tips for Garden Decoration sunlight to warm the house. , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully Evergreen trees , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump have dense green , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes foliage that suits them for planting as privacy screens, windbreaks or backdrops for flowering trees , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well and shrubs. , Growing Asparagus But they are handsome enough to stand alone. They do not lose their leaves, called needles, and provide year-round shelter and color. , Straw Bale Culture Technique You should be sure to include a wide variety of both kinds of trees , Myths About Lawns in your landscape , The Basics Of Pruning to avoid losing them to diseases , Pond Liner Repair or pests. , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden Buy disease- and pest-resistant trees. , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well

When buying a tree, , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden look for healthy , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower green leaves if it has any, and also well-developed top growth. Branches should be unbroken and balanced around the trunk, and on dormant or bare-root stock they should be pliable. Examine the roots, , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? which should form a balanced, fully-formed mass. Reject trees , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails with broken or dried-out roots. , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 Avoid trees , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully showing signs of disease, , Using Vines to Beautify Your House pests , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers or stress such as wilting, discoloration, misshapen leaves, scarred bark and nonvigorous growth. Consider the size of the tree. , Growing Great Strawberries Young trees , Winter Injury to s have a better rate of success when planted, and most flowering trees , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos grow quickly, so start with less expensive, smaller specimens. And be sure and buy all your plants , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn from a good quality nursery with a decent reputation.

Don't prune , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn a newly planted tree , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil unless its form needs improving. Prune , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 flowering trees , Creativity with Ponds in spring, , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes after blooming, to correct unsightly problems. Crab apple trees , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed are an exception and should be pruned in late winter. , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? But you can remove diseased or dead branches anytime of the year, and much of this is done during the winter. , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard Apply fertilizer when needed in the second and subsequent growing seasons. , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden Mulch to conserve moisture, , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard reduce weeds , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully and eliminate mowing near the tree. , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense Spread wood , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed chips or bark four inches deep and as wide as the tree's canopy around the base. But don't mulch poorly drained oversaturated soil. , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore Wrap tree , Using Vines to Beautify Your House trunks after planting to prevent winter , Pond Liner Repair damage from weather , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower and pests. , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick And stake young trees, , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil especially bare-root trees , How to Grow a Pineapple and evergreens, to fortify them against strong winds. Stake loosely and allow the tree , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home to bend slightly, and remove stakes after one year.

Shrubs are often planted and used merely as foundation plants , Pond Construction or privacy screens. But shrubbery foliage is vastly more versatile, and can go a long way toward livening up your landscaping. , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home Countless varieties of gorgeously hued and beautifully leafed shrubs , Gardening and Flowers are available through nurseries and garden , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick catalogs.

You must start by learning what varieties thrive in your area. Try visiting your local , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes arboretum, where you may view different kinds of shrubs , Tips for Garden Decoration and decide whether they fit your gardening , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails plans. Decide what overall look you want at different times of the year, and then find out which shrubs , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil will be flowering, , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? producing berries or sporting colorful foliage at those times. Compare what you find to the inventory at your local , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 nursery, and ask the professionals who work there lots of questions.

Understand the characteristics of each shrub , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil before you plant , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick it. Flowering , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard and fruit-bearing shrubs , Summer Vacation and Your Pond enhance a new home, , Straw Bale Culture Technique but improper pruning , Gardening and Flowers and care will ruin the beauty of all your hard work. Some shrubs , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One bloom on second- or third-year wood. , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed If you're maintaining a shrub , Ideas For Your Front Yard Landscaping Project because you're hoping it's going to blossom, but you're cutting off first-year wood , Gardening With Climbing Roses every year, it's never going to bloom.

Some varieties are a foot tall at maturity, while others reach over fifteen feet. A large shrub , Growing Great Strawberries will usually require more pruning. , Using Vines to Beautify Your House Also determine the plant's ability to tolerate various soil , Myths About Lawns conditions, wind, sun , How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI and shade. You don't put a plant , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense that's sensitive to the elements in an open area. Use hardier plants , Garden Planning to shelter it.

Not all shrubs , Feed the Birds work in every climate. , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes Witch hazel, for example, blooms in fall , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles or winter , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features and is hardiest where minimum temperatures , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region range from thirty degrees below zero to twenty degrees above. It would not be a good choice for very dry, hot , Harvesting Herbs climates. But some shrubs , Garden Planning such as buddleia, hydrangea and spirea perform well across a wide range of growing , Gardening and Flowers zones.

Late Autumn , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos Lawn Care

Aerate lawns , Myths About s in mid- to late-October, while the grass , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails can recover easily. If you core aerate, make your cores three inches deep, spaced about every six inches. Break up the cores and spread them around. If your lawn , Straw Bale Culture Technique needs it, thatch and follow with a fall , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses or winter , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails fertilizer. Even if thatching isn't needed, your lawn , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles will be happy for a dusting of fertilizer to help roots , How to Grow a Pineapple gain strength before the spring , Straw Bale Culture Technique growing season. , Myths About Lawns Overseed bald patches or whole lawns , Straw Bale Culture Technique as needed. Rake and compost , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails leaves as they fall, , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense as well as grass , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region clippings from mowing. If left on the ground now, they'll make a wet, slippery mess that's inviting to pests. , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn

Good gardeners use heavy-duty molded plastic , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers for shaping neat edges of beds. , Gardening - The Mulberry You can buy these from garden , ing With Climbing Roses centers, nurseries and mail order suppliers in rolls of flat, , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes four- to six-inch-tall plastic, , Gardening - The Mulberry and the edging installs easily. You'll save yourself , Growing Great Strawberries countless hours of removing grass , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? and weeds , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses that otherwise creep into your beds. , Gardening and Flowers

Watering Your Lawn , Growing Great Strawberries and Garden

You can't forget about watering in the middle of fall. , Straw Bale Culture Technique The summer's long over, but proper moisture , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump now is key to your plants' survival over the cold winter , Gardening and Flowers months. You're likely to hear two pieces of advice , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails on watering. One is that you should give established plants , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles an inch of water , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last per week, whether from rain or irrigation. The other is that personal observation of your own garden , Growing Great Strawberries is the only way to judge how much water , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower it needs. One fact about which there is more agreement: the ideal is to maintain constant moisture, , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well not a cycle of wet soil , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource followed by dry soil. , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers

Although overwatering can be as big a problem as underwatering, most gardeners err on the side of too little. Your needs will vary through the year depending on the rate of evapotranspiration in your garden. , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully Evapotranspiration refers to the two ways that plants , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last lose water. , Growing Great Strawberries There's evaporation, the loss of water , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers to the air , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed from soil, , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles water , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region and other surfaces. Then the other way is called transpiration, or water , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features lost primarily from the leaves and stems of the plants. , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense You can often obtain evapotranspiration rates for local , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed areas from water , Winter Injury to Trees departments and other agencies. You will see a graphic description of how a plant's natural , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore need for water , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil changes during the growing season. , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond

In the meantime, keep these pointers in mind:

1) Water , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed when it's needed, not according to the calendar. Check the top six inches of the soil. , Harvesting Herbs If it's dry and falls , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden apart easily, water. , Gardening With Climbing Roses Your plants , Harvesting Herbs will also show signs that they need water. , Feed the Birds Wilting, curling or brown leaves mean that your plants , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One may lack adequate water. , Winter Injury to Trees Meanwhile, bear in mind that excess water , Tips for Garden Decoration creates a lack of oxygen in plants, , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region making them show similar symptoms to underwatering.

2) Water , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last slowly, not more than one-half inch of water , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully per hour. Too much water , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last can be lost to runoff. This is why handheld watering cans or handheld hoses generally work only for watering small areas.

3) Water , Growing Great Strawberries deeply. With established vegetables , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes and flowers, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails six inches is a minimum. With trees , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last and shrubs, , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower water , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails one to two feet or more. Shallow watering does more harm than good; it discourages plants , Gardening and Flowers from developing the deep roots , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features they need to find their own water. , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region Except when you are watering seedlings, soil , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn should never be wet only in the top layer.

The increased use of piped municipal water , Pond Construction and the invention of sprinklers have made mechanical irrigation the most commonly used watering method, particularly for lawns , The Basics Of Pruning and large areas. Sprinkler irrigation works best with well-draining soils , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully and shallow-rooted plants, , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region or where a cooling effect is desired. But sprinklers have several disadvantages. They waste water, , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed since much of it is sprayed on areas other than the root , Gardening With Climbing Roses zone around the plant. , Pond Construction Because much of the water , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump is thrown high in the air, , Two Answers to a Poinsettia FAQ: How Can I Get My Poinsettia to Rebloom? loss due to evaporation can be significant. Sprinklers can also foster fungal diseases , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully and other problems with some plants , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles such as roses , Gardening With Climbing s that don't like having wet foliage. Sprinklers require good water , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last pressure and are best used on plants , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home which are not in bloom. Several types of sprinklers are available.

Building a Bin and Making Your Own Compost

A bin will contain your compost , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles pile and make it more attractive as well as keep it from spilling or blowing over into your yard. , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 A circular or square structure can be made from fencing wire. The idea is to push the compost , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features material together to make it heat , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well up and rot properly. The bin should be at least three feet wide and three feet deep to provide enough space for the spreading material. Use untreated wood , The Perfect Beginner Perennial Flower or metal , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes fence posts for the corners and wrap sturdy wire fencing around them. The fence mesh should be small enough that rotting materials won't fall , Gardening With Climbing Roses out. When the compost , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One is ready, unwind the wire and scoop from the bottom of the pile. Then re-pile the undecomposed material and wrap the wire back around the heap.

Many hard-core gardeners feel that three compost , Gardening - The Mulberry bins are the best for serious composting. By building , Preliminary Considerations Before Your Own Backyard Garden Pond a trio of bins you can compost , Straw Bale Culture Technique in stages: one bin will be ready, one will be brewing and one will always be starting. Installing a cover, such as a plastic , Pond Construction tarp or a piece of wood, , Ideas For Your Front Yard Landscaping Project helps to cut odor, control moisture , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? and keep out wild pests. , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden You will also want to use the right ingredients for a proper, lovely smelling rotting compost , Ideas For Your Front Yard Landscaping Project heap.

It's easy to cook up your own pile. At first, layer grass , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn clippings with a dash of leaves and twigs to create a concoction that turns into humus, the best plant , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Lovers food. Added ingredients for the compost , Using Vines to Beautify Your House comes from everyday waste in the kitchen , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos and yard. , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource But avoid any items that ruin your compost. , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? Use green , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features materials such as fruit , How to Grow a Pineapple and vegetable , The Basics Of Pruning scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds, and grass , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos and plant , Pond Construction clippings; and brown materials, such as leaves, wood , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil and bark chips, shredded newspaper, straw , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore and sawdust from untreated wood. , Growing Great Strawberries Avoid using any meat, oil, fat, grease, diseased plants, , Pond Liner Repair sawdust or chips from pressure-treated wood, , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn dog or cat feces, weeds , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense that go to seed , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region or dairy products. , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? These can befoul, spoil and make smelly and rancid a perfectly good productive compost , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick heap.

There are two types of composting: cold , The Basics Of Pruning and hot. , Garden Planning Cold , How to Grow a Pineapple composting is as simple as piling up your yard , Creativity with Ponds waste or taking out the organic , Growing Great Strawberries materials in your trash such as fruit , Summer Vacation and Your Pond and vegetable , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? peels, coffee grounds or egg shells and then piling them in your yard. , Straw Bale Culture Technique Over the course of a year or so, the material will decompose. Hot , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features composting is for the more serious gardener; you'll get compost , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One in one to three months during warm weather. , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails Four ingredients are required for fast-cooking hot , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well compost: nitrogen, carbon, , Summer Vacation and Your Pond air , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One and water. , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense These items feed microorganisms, which speed up the process of decay.

Concentrated Pest , Some Of The Most Common Landscape Design Features Control

Slugs and other pests , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One don't disappear as the weather , How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI gets cooler. You'll find them at all life stages in October, from eggs to youngsters and adults. For slugs, use whatever measures you prefer, salt, slug bait or saucers of beer to eliminate them. It's best to catch them at the early stages to stop the reproduction cycle. And keep the ground well-raked and tidied to reduce their natural , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses habitat.

Here's a list of common garden , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore pests and how to , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home control them:

Thrips: Adult thrips are about one-sixteenth-inch long and have dark bodies with four fringed wings. Their size makes them difficult to detect in the garden. , Feed the Birds They attack young leaves, flower , Growing Great Strawberries stalks and buds. , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden Spray young foliage, developing buds , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil and the soil , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region around the bush with an insecticide containing acephate.

Cane borer: This insect is the maggot of the eggs laid by sawflies or carpenter bees in the freshly-cut cane of the rose , Myths About Lawns after pruning. , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home One telltale sign is a neatly-punctured hole visible on the top of the cane. To remove the pest, , Bamboo: a Versatile and Renewable Resource cut several inches down the cane until there are no more signs of the maggot or pith-eaten core. Seal all pruning , Gardening Basics: Inspecting Your Soil cuts with pruning , Harvesting Herbs sealer.

Japanese beetle, Fuller rose , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn beetle: These will eat parts of the foliage and sometimes the flowers. , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers Pick beetles off the bush by hand. Or spray foliage and flowers , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard with an insecticide containing acepate or malathion.

Leaf miner: This insect can be spotted on foliage by the appearance of irregular white , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick chain-like blisters containing its grub. Remove foliage and discard it to prevent further infestation.

Spittle bug: This small, greenish-yellow insect hides inside , The Top 10 Tips For Getting Rid Of Weeds In Your Lawn a circular mass of white , Pond Construction foam on the surface of new stems, usually during the development of the first bloom cycle in early spring. , Lawn Tractors Were Never a Chore Spray a jet of water , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? to remove the foam and the insect.

Roseslug: When you see new foliage with a skeletonized pattern, indicating that it has been eaten, chances are it's the roseslug. Remove the infected foliage and spray with insecticidal soap or an insecticide that contains acephate.

Leaf cutter bee: As its name implies, this very small yellowish-green insect jumps on the undersides of foliage to feast, often leaving its white , Straw Bale Culture Technique skin behind. The damage caused by this insect often results in defoliation. Use an insecticide containing acephate or malathion to prevent it from establishing a strong colony.

Rose scale: This insect hides under gray scales, normally on old canes or stems. It feeds by sucking the sap, weakening the plant. , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles If the infestation is localized, try removing it with a fingernail. Or spray with an insecticide containing acephate.

Weed Whacking Made Easy

Actually, this is a slight exaggeration. There's no rest for the wicked. Keep staying ahead of your nasty weeds , Winter Injury to Trees all this and next month. They serve as Home , Winter Injury to Trees Sweet Home , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses for all manner of pests , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles and bugs, and destroying them before they flower , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails and seed , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense will save , Pond Construction you much work in the future.

Preparation is the key. All gardeners know what it's like to have their yards , Pond Liner Repair invaded by unwelcome plants. , The Basics Of Pruning Although there's no really easy way to banish weeds, , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense there are a few solid techniques you can use to reclaim your turf. At the very least, you can limit this utmost in hostile takeovers.

Here is a simple outline of effective battle strategies you can use in the fall:

1) Be a mulching maniac. Mulch acts as a suffocating blanket by preventing light , Garden Planning from reaching weed , Using Vines to Beautify Your House seeds. At the same time, it holds moisture , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles for your plants , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home and provides nutrients for your soil , Summer Vacation and Your Pond as it decomposes. Apply coarse mulch, such as bark or wood , Tips for Preparing a Planting Bed chips, directly onto soil. , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well Leaves, grass , A Garden Bench: A Beautiful Addition To Any Garden clippings, or straw , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One work better as a weed , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos deterrent with a separating layer of newspaper, cardboard or fabric between them and the soil. , Gardening With Climbing Roses

2) Water , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well those weeds. , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 Pulling weeds , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One is easier and more efficient when the soil , Gardening With Climbing Roses is moist. You are more likely to get the whole root , How to Choose Your Garden Furniture and Make It Last system, and your yanking won't disturb surrounding plants , Gardening and Flowers as much either. No rain? Turn on the sprinkler or even water , Growing Asparagus individual weeds, , Outdoor Furniture and Glider-Choosing the Right Outdoor Furniture For Your Home leave for a few hours and then get your hands dirty. Just ignore the strange looks from your neighbors as you lovingly water , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? your weeds. , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully

3) Cut weeds , Using Vines to Beautify Your House down in their prime. Weeds , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond love open soil. , Summer Vacation and Your Pond But if you till or cultivate and then wait to plant, , Winter Injury to Trees you can outmaneuver the weeds. , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers Till the ground at least twice before you plant. , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One Your first digging will bring dormant weed , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 seeds to the surface where they can germinate. Watch and wait for a few weeks until they begin to grow. , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles Then slice up the weeds , Some Thoughts On Planting Roses again with a tiller or a hoe, only don't dig as deep. Now it should be safe , Gardening and Flowers to put precious plants , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard into the soil. , Straw Bale Culture Technique

4) Pass the salt. Try sweeping rock salt into crevices between paths. , Feed the Birds Although more harsh, borax also works well. Be sure to wear rubber gloves with the latter material. You might need to apply a few doses, but be aware of any surrounding plants , How to Choose Between Goldfish and KOI because both products , Cymbidiums Orchid Plants - What You Need To Grow Successfully kill the good plants , Straw Bale Culture Technique along with the bad.

Food for Thought

In addition to performing these autumnal lawn , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard and garden , Decks For Above Ground Pools: Can Beautify Your Yard As Well duties, you may want to harvest your fall , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes vegetables such as the perennial , Sheds - is this a Man's Castle? squashes. Do a taste test and harvest them when flavor is at its peak. If you'd like to extend the harvest of carrots, turnips and other root , Winter Injury to Trees vegetables, leave some in the ground to mulch as the weather , Abatement Considerations and Common Sense gets colder. Early next month, before temperatures , Teak Patio Table - Why You Need One drop too much, seed , Myths About Lawns cover crops such as clover, peas or vetch to enrich the soil. , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard It will serve as a natural , Harvesting Herbs fertilizer, stifle weed , How to Grow Chocolate Cosmos growth and help loosen up the soil , Myths About Lawns for next year's crops.

As for your houseplants , Container Gardening: Urban Alternative for Plant Lovers that you've put outside , Myths About Lawns for the summer, , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails if September was mild enough that your geraniums and other such plants , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region are still outdoors, , Gardening With Climbing Roses be sure to make them cozy inside , How to Win the War Against Slugs and Snails before the first frost takes a bite out of them. Take geranium cuttings of two to four inches to root , Choosing the Proper Pond Pump indoors. If you treat houseplants , Landscaping - Put A Pond in Your Back Yard chemically, be sure to keep them warm and away from direct sunlight. Fertilize houseplants , You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 4 now and they won't need it again until March. And remember to get your poinsettias and your Thanksgiving and Christmas cacti ready for well-timed holiday color. , April Gardening Tips - Southwest Region Give them a daily dose of ten hours of bright daylight or four hours of direct sun , Growing Great Strawberries and fourteen hours of night darkness. Cacti need a cool environment , Harry Lauder's Walking Stick of fifty to sixty degrees, while poinsettias prefer a warmer sixty-five to seventy degrees. Be sure and let your cacti dry out between waterings.

For a true gardenaholic, winter , Creativity with Ponds is often considered to be the enemy. But with a few steps toward preparation in the early- to mid-fall, you can take care of your lawn, , Tractors Were Never a Chore garden , April ing Tips - Southwest Region and houseplants , Herbal Medicine Chest in Your Backyard in a way that will keep them thriving and surviving until the dawning of yet another most welcome and bountiful springtime.

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