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NOVEMBER - Tips of the Month

___ Overseed dormant Bermuda lawns with Winter Ryegrass. If you just don't like the look of your dormant Bermuda lawn and would rather see it a vibrant green throughout the Winter and Early Spring overseed with Winter Ryegrass. As next Spring arrives begin to mow the Ryegrass as low as possible to allow for the emergence of the dormant grass. (Measuring your lawn area(s) for square footage helps to determine the amount of seed necessary for adequate coverage. Measure length x width of area(s) to be covered for total square footage) To view information on how to Overseed a Dormant Bermuda Lawn with Ryegrass CLICK HERE

___ Plant Pansy flowerbeds this month. Throughout the month of November Pansies are available in a wide variety of vibrant single colors and wonderful mixes. Check out some of the new Majestic Giant Pansy mixes! Several varieties of Flowering Cabbage and Kale are also available. To view or printout information on Preparing and Planting an Annual Flower Bed CLICK HERE. (Note: Most all annuals perform best in well-drained raised beds.) For existing flower beds turn in a 1/2 inch coat of Organic Soil Ammendment such as Claycutter or Composted Cow Manure to refurbish bed. After planting, fertilize pansies with Pansy Booster and again every 4-6 weeks for best performance. You will also want to broadcast Treflan Granules over your newly planted flower bed to control weeds for the entire season!

___ Plant Spring flowering bulbs such as Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Tulips this month. We select only the best varieties for planting in our zone. Our favorite way to plant Daffodils is to hand-scatter the bulbs along island or woodland borders as if Mother Nature planted them herself. Plant Tulip bulbs beneath Pansies in Fall and watch them put on a spectacular show when they rise through the Pansies in Spring! Hyacinths are most impressive when planted in groups/patches. To view or printout information on Planting Bulbs CLICK HERE To view listing of Fall Bulbs that the nursery will be offering this Fall CLICK HERE

___ If you haven't done so already, now is the time to apply winterizer fertilizer to your Bermuda or zoysia lawn. We suggest a fertilizer such as ProScape 5-5-20 w/Barricade Weed Preventer for winter-long feeding and control of winter weeds. SEE: ProScape Fertilization Program for Bermuda & Zoysia Lawns.

___ If you would prefer not to apply winterizer fertlizer to your bermuda or zoysia lawn at this time, however still want to control winter weeds, apply a pre-emergence such as Lebanon Team 2G. To view or printout information on Weed Control in Lawns CLICK HERE

___ If you have yet to do so this Fall, apply pelletized lime at this time to Fescue, Bermuda, and Zoysia lawns. If you have never applied lime to your lawn a one-time application of 40 lbs per 500 -1,000 square feet usually corrects soil ph to a level sufficient for these grasses to thrive and fertilizers applied to activate. This should sweeten your soil for several years though we recommend occasional soil ph testing every few years. Make sure to use pellitized lime as it activates quickly. (Measuring your lawn area(s) for square footage helps to determine the amount of lime necessary for adequate coverage. Measure length x width of area(s) to be covered for total square footage) To view or printout information on Fertilizing & Maintaining Bermuda or Zoysia Lawns CLICK HERE. For Fertilizing & Maintaining a Fescue Lawn CLICK HERE

___ Collect fallen leaves and add them to your compost bin or pile. To view or printout information on Making a Compost Pile or Bin CLICK HERE

___ Spread a liberal layer of pine or wood mulch around semi-hardy or tender shrubs, trees, or perennials, such as Palms, Banana Trees, and Elephant Ears, to insulate the root systems from the colder temperatures in Winter. CLICK HERE to view spreading rates per square footage for Pinestraw and other mulches.

___ Contrary to popular belief, November, and in fact the entire winter season, is a great time to plant most all hardy, ornamental shrubs and trees in the South. Winter planting of dormant shrubs and trees allows them to settle into their new home with relatively little care on your part. Next Spring, when soil temperatures begin to rise, they will benefit from an early-Spring root flush and require less attention during Summer as it arrives. There is absoulutely no danger at all from planting most shrubs and trees in November. Professional landscapers successfully plant through the entire winter! To view descriptions and color photos shrubs and trees visit The Plant Files. To view or printout instructions on How To Plant a Shrub or Tree CLICK HERE

___ If you would like to have a landscape design drawn for all or part of your property now is a good time as you can immediately begin implementation during the best time of the year to plant!






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