forecasts of near normal rainfall in November, Southern California gardeners
have the opportunity to plant fall gardens now and let Mother Nature do the
watering, say experts at Agromin, an Oxnard-based manufacturer of
earth-friendly soil products made from organic material collected from more
than 50 California cities.
Finish Planting Cool Season
you didn't get a chance to plant all your cool season vegetables in October,
you still have time to plant in November. Some vegetables grow better in fall
and winter than in spring and summer. These vegetables include broccoli, beets,
Brussel sprouts, carrots Kale, peas, Swiss chard, lentils, garbanzos and
Plant Trees: Fall's cool nights, mild
days and moderate rainfall enable newly planted trees to become established
much easier than if planted in summer. Planting these trees in fall helps them
grow stronger in spring and summer. Select a planting location that is best
suited for the tree type, taking into account the tree's rate of growth, root
configuration, leaf type (evergreen or deciduous), tree shape and ultimate
height and width at maturity. The site should get enough sun and be easy to
irrigate. Considering these issues before planting will avoid future problems
(i.e. roots lifting patios or walkways, leaves blowing into pools, overgrown
trees blocking sunlight).
Cut Back on Watering: Less daylight in fall means
your garden and trees need less watering. Adjust irrigation timers accordingly.
Reduce frequency but reduce the number of minutes you water. Trees and shrubs
still need deep watering to promote healthy roots. Place a layer of mulch
around your garden to hold moisture in and prevent soil erosion during rainy
Prepare Lawns for Winter: Lawns often look
"tired" in winter. To keep them looking their best, first, mow your
lawn so grass blades are about 1" high. Next, scatter grass seed over the
lawn followed by a light covering of soil amendment. Water thoroughly for
several weeks until new grass takes hold. Water as needed. Rake falling leaves
from the lawn as leaves can impede lawn growth.
Spruce Up Your Flower
flower-packed garden isn't just for spring and summer. A multi-colored flower
garden can be had during fall and winter by planting cool-season flowers such
as pansies, calendula, candytuft, foxgloves, snapdragons, stock, sweet peas and
Evergreens: After a summer growing season,
juniper, pine, spruce and other evergreens often feature unwanted limbs and
branches by fall. Now is the time to trim and reshape these trees. Make sure to
prune dead or damaged limbs on all types of trees.
Chrysanthemums in Bloom: Chrysanthemums brighten any flowerbed. Buy them already in bloom. The
blooms will last several weeks. Once they finished blooming, cut back the
plants to a few inches above the ground. They will begin to grow again in
spring and bloom in July.
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