10/18/2006

I meant to do that

I finally ordered Gardening Month by Month in the Carolinas and I'm having fun thumbing through it. I was happy to read that now is the time to get lazy with your roses. The fall is the time to stop fertilizing and also stop pruning off the dead flowers (aka rose hips). I was surprised by this second point, but my hands have been too full to carry around the prunners lately anyway. Apparently if you pluck off the petals and leave the rose hips, the plant realizes it's time to stop making new flowers and get ready for winter.

10/08/2006

Time to Plant Tree and Shrubs

It's finally starting to cool off here, so it's been a good time to take walks with the baby snug in the stroller. It's also a great time to plant trees and shrubs!

Planting trees and shrubs in the fall allows for roots to get established without suffering from extremes in temperatures. Up north, a big concern is getting the plants established before the ground freezes. Down here, the major concern is waiting until the summer heat has passed.

Personally, I'm looking to put in another butterfly bush (Buddleia Davidii). I'll probably have to delegate some of this work, since the baby is keeping my hands full. If you're luckly enough to have time to get your hands dirty and plant a tree, I found a good guide from the Clemson Extension: Seven Rules for Planting Trees and Shrubs