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Celebrate Indian Summer this Week!!!

Late last week, we had a reminder of winter quickly approaching. With temperatures returning to the 70s this week, it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors.

A few things I am doing this week in my garden  include:

1. Continuing to  planting spring flowering- bulbs.  Check out these ideas.

2. Erecting barriers of poultry wire or hardware cloth among young trees and shrubs to protect against rabbit damage.  How to Protect

3. Chopping fallen leaves  with lawnmower.  I put some on top of the  flower beds, vegetable beds or compost pile.  I also spread compost or mulched leaves over a garden bed and dig it in.  The garden will be ready for planting in the spring.

Mild fall temperatures have produced new growth on trees and bushes– DO NOT PRUNE NOW.  Wait until Feb or March. Pruning now will stimulate new growth that may not hardened off before cold temperatures arrives.

Have a great Indian Summer!

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6 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Fall

Consider planting native plants to your garden. False indigo is native to Illinois and can with stand drought.

6 Gardening To-Dos for September

With the cooler temperatures and a wide selection of fall plants at nursery centers,  this month is a great time to get your garden ready for next spring.    But don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of Autumn in Central Illinois.  Happy Gardening….

  1. Plant new trees, shrubs and perennials.  Consider planting drought tolerant plants….Links include list of drought tolerant plants.  Morton Arboretum native Plant listBirds and Blooms list; Highland Gardens
  2. Plant annuals (ie. Mums, cabbages and kale) for fall color.
  3. Rejuvenate Containers. Tidy up your summer containers, deadhead plants, prune back or remove spent foliage. For inspiration check out Garden Design for idea.
  4. Core aerate and over seed lawn.
  5. Continue to water the garden during dry spells.  Consistent watering in fall helps plants prepare for winter.
  6. Pull weeds before they set seed to prevent even more weeds next spring.