Anti-Desiccant Spray: When the daytime temperatures start falling below 50 degrees it is time to apply an anti-desiccant spray to your broadleaf evergreens such as holly, rhododendron, cherry laurel, skip laurel, mountain laurel, Japanese skimmia, leucothoe, aucuba and boxwood. These plants can be subject to severe winter burn due to water loss from the leaves by transpiration. Apply when the temperatures are above freezing and there is no threat of rain or frost within 24 hours. (This tip applies to areas going into their winter season-temperatures dropping below freezing: 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit.) If there is a prolonged thaw in mid-winter it may be time to re-apply anti-desiccant spray to your broadleaf evergreens, especially if there are more prolonged freezing temperatures on the way. For more detailed information go to: Winterizing-Evergreens-Anti-Desiccant-Spray
Watering During Fall & Winter: A common question often asked is, "Is it better to keep watering my plants until the ground freezes or should I stop watering now?" It is important that prior to winter that there is significant moisture around your plants. Once the ground freezes it is difficult for water to percolate down to the roots. A well watered tree will over winter far better than a thirsty one and will not be as susceptible to winter frost damage and drying.
Pruning Ornamental Grasses: Here's a helpful tip for pruning your ornamental grasses such as 'Miscanthus sinensis' Maiden Grass or Dwarf Fountain Grass 'Hameln'. Winter cold can harm the center of grasses causing them to "hollow out". It is best to cut your grasses back in late March to early April in order to protect the roots. If your grasses become a bit unruly by the end of the fall then just cut back the plumes and leave the rest for early spring. Another trick is to wrap a bungee cord about half way up around the center and let the grasses drape over keeping them upright and in place. Ornamental grasses can add much interest to the winter landscape and be enjoyed all winter long. For more information visit:
Peony Care: Peony is a Spring highlight in the garden. Peony prefer to be grown in full sun with their roots kept cool and protected which can be achieved by planting around them. After blooming the foliage of these plants is attractive in the garden throughout Fall. Once the foliage starts to die back peony should be cut to just above the ground to protect from disease. To protect the roots provide a covering of mulch or leaves during winter. Peony do not like to be moved once established and do best when planted in fall (or early spring) and are often sold as bare root. They prefer a rich and well drained soil. Peony thrive in USDA Zones 3-8. For more information Visit: Peony-Spring-Splendor-In-The-Garden