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Here are a few gardening tasks and projects that you can do this month to help keep
your garden looking it's best for the rest of this season, and prepare for the long
cold winter and upcoming spring.
Searcy, Ark. –
Perennials, annuals, and bulbs
Make sure that the canes of your climbing roses and other vining plants are securely
fastened to their supports. Winter winds can whip and severely damage unprotected
plants. Don't tie them so tightly that the string or twist‑tie cuts into the stem.
I recommend using a length of an old nylon stocking because it will stretch as the plant
grows, rather than cutting into the stem, as string will do.
Mound five to six inches of soil around the bases of your hardy fuchsias and roses.
Use soil from another part of the garden, rather than risking damage to the roots
by digging around the base of the plant. Cut chrysanthemum stems to 2‑3 inches from
the soil once they have begun to die back. You can continue to transplant your perennials
throughout the fall and winter, as long as they remain dormant. Tulip bulbs may still
be planted in the early part of the month. Tender bulbs should be dug up and stored
in a cool, dark area after first frost. Be sure that your tender plants are protected
from frost. Mulching with bark, sawdust or straw will help create a blanket of protection
over the root system. Should the weather get suddenly cold, place burlap, cloth or
dark plastic over your tender plants to give them some added protection from the cold.
Be sure to remove this covering when the weather has stabilized!.
Shrubs and trees
One of the most asked questions at this time of year is "when can I transplant my
shrubs and trees?" This month and throughout the next several months will be good
times to transplant trees and shrubs. At this time of the year, most ornamentals have
entered into dormancy, and can be safely dug and replanted. The key to transplanting
is to dig a large root ball (get as much of the root system as is possible). Equally
important, is getting the plant back into the prepared soil as quickly as possible,
to keep the roots from drying out.
Large trees or shrubs should be staked to protect them from wind whipping during winter
storms. Keep them staked until the roots have a chance to develop and anchor them.
As soon as the leaves fall from fruit trees, shade or flowering trees, raspberries
and other deciduous plants, they can be sprayed for the first time with a dormant
spray. This spraying helps control over‑wintering insects and diseases. Apply according
to label instructions. Prune your evergreens to shape.
Fruits and veggies
Cut the tops off your asparagus plants, and add a winter dressing of aged manure to
the bed. Cover strawberries two inches deep with hay or straw. Secure your raspberry
canes to stakes to protect them from wind whipping.
Give your lawn a good raking to lift away accumulations of debris. Keep leaves raked
from the lawn. They should be composted. Alternatively, you can just mow over them,
turning them to a mulch which adds important nutrients back to the lawn.
Winter heating dries the air out in your home considerably. Help your house plants
survive by misting them or placing the pots on a pebble filled tray of water to ensure
adequate humidity and moisture. Pot up some spring flowering bulbs for indoor color
during the winter. Store the pots in a cool, dark place, until new growth emerges
from the soil, and then move them to a bright window. Continue to watch for insect
or disease damage and take the necessary steps to control the problem.
Odds and ends
Please feed the birds and other small creatures which may not be able to find food
due to snow on the ground or other causes. Their natural food sources have pretty
much dried up by this time of the year. For only a few dollars you can feed an enormous
number of birds. You don't have to be a bird watcher to enjoy the feeling that you
get when you've helped out one of God's creatures.
Drain your hoses and put them away so they don't freeze and burst.
Continue to watch for insect, slug and snail, or disease damage throughout the garden,
and take the necessary steps to control the problem.
Use small stakes or markers where you've planted bulbs or late starting spring plants
in the perennial garden, to avoid disturbing them when you begin spring soil preparation.
If you feel that stakes don't fit your landscape style.... you might consider marking
stones with fingernail polish or paint, and set them on the planting spot (painted
When you have finished your last mowing of the year, make sure that it is properly
stored. Run it until it is out of fuel.... old gas can turn to varnish, and severely
damage the engine.
Clean and oil your garden tools for winter storage. Place some sand and some oil in
a large bucket, then slide your garden tools in and out of the sand. This will do
an excellent job of cleaning them, as well as applying a light coat of oil to prevent
rusting. This is also a good month to restock any tools that have seen better days,
while the prices are lower.
A tip from The 1899 Old Farmer's Almanac "Useful Hints": "Keep all fruit stones (pits),
cooked or uncooked. Dry them slowly in the oven, put in a large jar, and in winter
throw a handful on the fire of an evening. They will crackle for a moment, send up
a bright flame, and fill the room with a delicious aroma."
For additional horticulture information call the White County Cooperative Extension
Service office at 501-268-5394.
By Sherri Sanders County Extension Agent - AgricultureThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Sherri Sanders County Extension Agent - AgricultureU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service2400 Old Searcy Landing Road Searcy AR 72143 (501) 268-5394 firstname.lastname@example.org