DIY At home

It’s time to welcome the cooler days and warm colors of fall! Below is your list of autumn-centric tasks for your garden.

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  • Resist any major pruning renovations on early-blooming shrubs like lilac, big-leaf hydrangea (H. macrophylla), and rhododendron. These species have already created next years’ flower buds! For a full-list, click here >>>

  • New trees & shrubs this year? Continue to monitor soil moisture and hand water during times of little rainfall. It’s crucial for healthy root growth, so be vigilant until the ground freezes.

  • Before cutting perennials to the ground, determine which masses you’ll keep for pollinators and other wildlife.

  • It’s not too late! Adding 2-3” of leaf/bark/wood mulch moderates soil temps during the colder months, protecting root systems.

 

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