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Fall is the time to prepare your yard for winter

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Make the most of these beautiful fall days by spending time in your yard. There are many things to do in preparation for the winter months ahead:

1 – Plant trees and shrubs. Fall is ideal as the weather is cooler and plants will be under less stress than in the heat of summer.

2 – Apply tree wrap to young trees to prevent winter scorch cracks and deer or rabbit damage. Standing next to the tree, measure the diameter of the trunk at chest height. If it is 1 1/2” to 3” – it should be wrapped. Tree wrap can be found at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center, in Crystal Lake.

3 – Dig potato plants. They should be finished flowering and foliage should be dead. Dig them up and store in a cool, dry place.

4 – Use Jonathan Green Winter Survival Fall Lawn Food — a true fall/winter formula that promotes root growth and stores nutrients for spring. Contains humates for root development. Ideal to use with a fall grass seeding.

5 – Rejuvenate patio containers and flower gardens with beautiful fall color. Mums, ornamental peppers, kale and pansies revitalize containers and flower beds that have finished blooming or look scraggly. Don’t forget to accent with pumpkins, broom corn and gourds.

6 – Plant fall bulbs in October —tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, allium need cool weather and 16 weeks of cold winter temperatures to bloom in spring.

7 – Fertilize recently planted roses and perennials with Plant Starter or Bio-Tone to encourage good rooting before they go dormant. Do not use a fertilizer that encourages leaf growth as the plants need to prepare for their winter nap.

8 – DO NOT PRUNE roses, perennials or ornamental grasses in the fall. This will encourage new growth that will not over winter and can leave wounds susceptible to insects and diseases. Do a spring cleanup and pruning in March rather than a fall cleanup.

9 – Protect rose bushes for the winter by wrapping ROSE COLLARS (not Cones) around the base of the plant and fill with TOPSOIL only.

Questions about these tips or other landscape questions, don’t hesitate to call Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center 815-459-8130, or email: kc@countrysideflowershop.com.

Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center : 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave (Rte 176), Crystal Lake, IL : 815.459.8130 : www.countrysideflowershop.com

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