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Shorter Days in November Mean Less Time in the Garden in Southern California
There is no reason why your flower garden can't look beautiful in fall and winter.
Add Last Minute Fall Color: There is no reason why your flower garden can't look beautiful in fall and winter. Buy flowering plants from the nursery and plant now. Fall annuals include pansies, violas, primrose and calendula. Perennials that bloom in fall should be considered also. They include nemesia, Russian sage, chrysanthemums, aster and oriental lily.
Cut Back On Watering: Unless we get a late blast of Santa Ana winds, water plants and trees less frequently. Newly planted varieties, however, should be routinely watered until established. Dormant trees do not need watering.
Last Time To Water Outdoor Cacti And Succulents: Water outdoor succulents before they go dormant in winter. If the plants are indoors, they'll need to be watered year round when the soil becomes dry. Give the plants a good soak once a week and let the water drain.
Plant Trees: Fall's cool nights, mild days and occasional rain are ideal conditions for tree planting. Planting now gives young trees time to establish a healthy root system before growing season in spring. Select a location for your tree before shopping. Do you want an evergreen or deciduous? Is the location near walkways? Roots can lift up sidewalks. Will the tree need to be in the shade or get plenty of sun? Amend the soil if necessary, dig a hole that's at least twice the size of the root ball and plant. Trees grow slowly the first few years so be patient.
Prevent Peach Leaf Curl: A common fungal organism in peach and nectarine orchards results in peach leaf curl. If your tree leaves become deformed, now is the time to get rid of the bug by spraying the tree with an organic lime sulfur. Wait until most of the leaves have fallen before spraying.
Mulch Plants: Add a layer of mulch around the garden. When rain comes, mulch will stop rain-producing mud from splashing onto plants and prevent runoff.
For more gardening tips, go to www.agromin.com.
Agromin manufactures earth-friendly soil products for farmers, landscapers and gardeners. Agromin is also the composter for over 50 California cities. Agromin receives more than 30,000 tons of organic material each month and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform the material into soil products. The results are more vigorous and healthier plants and gardens, and on the conservation side, the opportunity to close the recycling circle, allow more room in landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Agromin is a U.S. Composting Council Composter of the Year recipient. www.agromin.com