Q: My Hollies looked terrible earlier this Spring. What can I do to prevent this from happening again?
A: Spray the leaves with Wilt Pruf later this month, and again in January and February to protect the leaves from the harsh winter winds and sun scald. Do this to all broadleaf evergreens.
Q: I heard it's okay to leave some leaves on my lawn over the winter. Is this true?
A: Yes, a very light covering of leaf debris will add nutrients to your lawn. After all of the leaves have fallen and you've done your final leaf cleanup, we recommend running your mower over the leftover leaves. Doing this will provide two benefits: first, a final lawn cutting is good for the grass in order to prevent matting under heavy snows; and second, the smaller leaf debris will turn into nutrients faster than whole leaves would have.
Q: Why is my tropical Hibiscus, which I moved indoors for the winter, dropping all of its leaves?
A: This is common when the daylight hours get shorter and the plant is moved inside. When hibiscus is used to the summer sun and suddenly gets fewer hours of light being in the house, it goes into shock. All that you need to do is clean up the yellow leaves, put it in the sunniest place you can, and remember to water as needed. Let it overcome the shock; no need to fertilize until the spring. Be sure to use a houseplant insecticide while the hibiscus is indoors to keep bugs at bay.
Q: I want to plant a tree other than a Dwarf Alberta Spruce in my pots by the front doors for the holidays. Any suggestions?
A: In general, plants in containers need to be hardier than plants in the ground, since the soil temperature is colder above ground. Pots with soil left in them can crack through the winter, so use frost resistant and glazed pots instead of concrete of terra. They are less likely to be damaged by freezing temperatures. Some other plants plants include: Green Mountain Boxwood, Norway and Colorado Spruce, Arborvitae, Cap Yew, Hinoke Cypress, and Green Velvet Boxwood. Come spring time, add them to your landscape!
Q: How long do I need to water my newly planted trees/shrubs before winter?
A: Until the ground freezes. At a minimum, water new plantings through Thanksgiving.
Q: Can I still fertilize my lawn in November?
A: Yes. This is the most important application of the year. Use a high Nitrogen fertilizer as late as Thanksgiving.
Q: Should I prune my roses before the winter season?
A: It is not recommended. It is best to prune roses in early spring when the new leaves are emerging. Be sure to pick up the fallen leaves at the base of the plant before winter- this plant debris is where most of the disease problems come from next year.
Q: When can I plant my Paperwhite and Amaryllis bulbs so they bloom in time for Christmas?
A: The general time is 4-6 weeks for Paperwhites and 6-8 weeks for Aaryllis to bloom. Plant the bulbs in a cool and bright place. If you find the plants are not progressing, move to a warmer location.
Q: I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner and need some colorful suggestions on adding colorful live indoor flowers.
A: Greenhouse grown mums, like Pelles, bear rich hues of orange and gold and are long blooming. Place them throughout your home to add colors of the season indoors.
Q: What can I do to make the containers in my front portico look inviting for the upcoming Holiday season?
A: Add seasonal cut evergreens to your pots. For a 10"-12" pot, you will need approximately three pre-bundled cut Pine stems, two bundles of Fir, and one bundle of incense Cedar. Begin by placing the tallest Pine stem in the center of the soil. Work outward in a circular pattern placing in the remaining tall Pine stems and then adding the Fir stems. Once the majority of the pots is filled with greens, add the incense Cedar around the edges of the container. Add some white Birch branches with Winterberry stems for some color or a festive red bow and you will be ready for the holidays!