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GardenArt Tips for Autumn

GardenArt Offers Autumn Season Tips for Your Landscape, Garden and Lawn


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As the temperatures gets cooler there are several things that may be done to prepare your landscape for the winter and spring. The experts at GardenArt wish to offer these tips and reminders for the Autumn season which has begun. As always, if you have any specific questions, email or call us (click HERE).


  • Plant hardy Mums in your landscape to add annual Fall color
  • Feed your plants – use a time release plant food with nitrogen, sulfate of potash, iron and other micro-nutrients made for perennials and flowering shrubs and trees
  • Feed Evergreens (Hollies, Boxwoods and Yews) and deciduous Trees (Maples, Oaks and Ash) with tree food with nitrogen, sulfate of potash, iron and other micro-nutrients
  • Transplant and divide Peonies and other perennials
  • Dig up and store summer bulbs (gladiolus, dahlias, cannas, and others) when they mature
  • Plant spring blooming bulbs like Iris, Tulips, Crocus, and Daffodils, Allium and Camassia
  • Plant trees, shrubs, perennials, ornamental grasses, grass seed and sod. Temperatures are cooler and conditions are better for root growth. Use a starter plant fertilizer mix to assist in that process.
  • Some Fall plants that provide color in the cooler months are as follows: Beautyberry, Cotoneaster, Viburnums, Hypericum, Hydrangeas, Potentilla, Pyracantha and Butterfly Bush.
  • Mulch your flowers beds especially newly planted bulbs, perennials, and bushes.
  • Do not prune spring blooming trees and shrubs like Lilacs and Viburnums – the buds are set already to bloom next spring and if you prune now you will lose next spring’s flowers.
  • Monitor Fall rainfall. If actual rainfall is below normal rainfall for September, October and November, water evergreens well prior to the ground freezing. Evergreens transpire during the winter and are not dormant like deciduous plants. This especially important with broad-leaved evergreens such as Boxwood, Holly, Hemlock and Rhododendron.
  • Give some attention to your Lawn –
    • Best time to seed new lawns or reseed (over-seed) established lawns
    • Great time to Aerate and/or Thatch the lawn
    • Good time to add Lime and/or Fertilize, Top-dress with organic compost, and apply grub control
    • Remember to soak your lawn a couple of days before fertilizing – then top-dress, aerate/thatch, and then seed.
  • Gardens –can still seed beets, radishes, turnips and leaf lettuce; can still plant cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collards and lettuce.
  • Bring your houseplants back indoors – spray them and dust the soil to prevent bringing in ants, wireworms and sow bugs. Repot pot bound plants; fertilize with slow release fertilizer through November and stop feeding them until February.


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