Lawn & Garden Maintenance Tips for October

Lawn & Garden Maintenance Tips for October

Flowers may have ceased blooming and your harvest may be thinning out, but check out these Fall maintenance tips for your lawns and gardens before it gets too cold and snowy!   If you didn’t know, Fall is actually the best time of year to test and improve your soil. New England soil tends to be acidic, but most plants thrive with an even higher pH level (the way soil acidity is measured). It’s important to know…

Gardener’s Journal for May

Gardening, done well, is at least 50% preparation. Once you realize what you should have done, it’s probably too late for this year. So, having a garden journal is invaluable to for successful planning for next year. Here are a few things to look out for this spring, and steps to make next year even better: A Blank Slate – By fall when the bulb catalogues arrive, it’s easy to forget where you planted what. Take…

Bulb Lasagna: A Recipe for Lasting Spring Color

This weekend promises to be beautiful weather for some final gardening chores. Guarantee yourself weeks of spring blooms by making “bulb lasagna.” Line the bottom of a 14″ or deeper container with gravel for drainage. Then layer potting soil and bulbs in 3 layers, starting with the largest bulbs on the bottom. Choose bulbs which will flower at different times to make your planting really work.  Keep in mind that there will likely be some…

Pest-Proof Bulbs

Are this week’s chilly temps making you feel like you need to get those bulbs in stat?  Here’s a quick how-to: In general, plant bulbs three times as deep as the width of the bulb.  So, a 2″ wide tulip would go 6″ deep.  Pointy part goes up. For more “wow” and less work, dig flat-bottomed holes large enough to accommodate a dozen bulbs.  Lay bulbs in the bottom and backfill with soil.  You can…