Fall is a great time to plant because cooler temperatures mean less stress on plants. Plus, roots grow all winter so plants will be well established by next Spring. Start planting and enjoy great SAVINGS with the SALE prices below!
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You may continue to plant shrubs and trees this month, since their roots are in active growth into November.
September’s cool weather keeps moisture in the soil lots longer than in summertime, and nursery stock planted now is much less prone to transplant shock. Remember to do it in the cool of the day if at all possible, and to water them in thoroughly.
Consider also wrapping the lower trunks of young transplants in protective tree wrap. Otherwise rodents could nibble their bark in the winter, girdling the trunks and killing the trees. For this reason it’s also a good idea to cut back any plants growing up close to your tree-trunks; grasses in particular give rodents winter nesting protection.
Keep an eye out for Squash Bugs. They usually attack Squash/Zucchini and Cucumber plants. The eggs look like little yellowish BBs and then the bugs grow to look like the photos here. Squash bugs are often mistaken for stink bugs, as they are similar in appearance and both have a foul odor when squashed. However, stink bugs are wider and rounder than squash bugs.
The squash bug is fairly large (over ½-inch long) with a brownish or gray body and flat back. The edges and undersides of the abdomen have orange stripes. They are able to fly, but they often simply walk around on plants. Young squash bugs, or squash bug nymphs, are gray and have black legs. They move quickly and often in groups on the undersides of leaves.
These bugs inject a toxin into the plant and suck the sap right out of it with their sharp, sucking mouthparts. This causes yellow spots that eventually turn brown. The leaves will wilt because the damage prevents the flow of nutrients to the leaves, and then they will dry up and turn black, crisp, and brittle. The leaves also sometimes have ragged holes. Smaller plants will die, and squash bug feeding can decimate young fruit.
TJ’s TIP: The best way to get rid of these little critters is to spray them with a completely safe insecticide called Pyrethrin.
“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” You’ve probably seen this quote, usually attributed to Albert Einstein.
Bees perform a task that is vital to the survival of agriculture: pollination. In fact, one third of our global food supply is pollinated by bees. Simply put, bees keep plants and crops alive. Without bees, humans wouldn’t have very much to eat.
I get daily requests for plants that attract bees. We currently have a good supply, such as Agastache, Butterfly Weed, Gaillardia and Stonecrop. Come in an see what the bees are seeing.
Last week, the Garden Guru chatted about the fact that this is an excellent time of the year to plant plants outdoors in your yard.
During the Spring of the year we all have cabin fever and we want to get outside and clean things up and prune and sweep and plant some fresh plants so that our yards look attractive all summer so that we can enjoy being out in them in the warm summer months — but now we’ve come to this time of year where the temperatures have moderated a little bit and maybe we’re just thinking okay were going to kick back and enjoy the fruits of our labor!
But I want to remind everybody that in certain parts of the country, people actually wait until the fall season to plant outdoor plants because the temperatures are more moderate it’s easier for the plant to go through that transition of being transplanted and actually it’s easier on the person digging the hole to put the plant into … too! So this is a great time of the year to plant anything that grows outdoors that Winters through … trees, shrubs, vines, perennials and ornamental grasses…. This is a great time of the year to plant and to make it even more special…our FALL IS FOR PLANTING SALE is in progress. Listen to Lynn’s tip to find out what plants are best to plant right now.
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
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