Prepared for Cold Weather
Like it or not, the cold weather is coming. I try
to keep a close eye on the weather and send out an email notice when
there is a freeze warning. It's a good idea to bring in or cover your
ceramic containers for the winter. If you have an irrigation system,
you will need to bring in the controller unit as well. I'll provide
more information when the freeze warning comes.
If you have questions or need help, I offer a fall
clean up service. Please contact me.
check-list of yard work to do now:
spring-blooming bulbs such as tulips, hyacinth, daffodils and crocus.
You can plant dry bulbs through October or until the ground freezes. Be
sure to follow the planting depth guide on the package.
- Aerate your
lawn. Core aeration improves soil tilth which improves your turf grass.
- Collect autumn
leaves and use them as mulch for your garden. Cottonwood and other
leaves may block the water from reaching the soil and should be
shredded first (use your lawn mower). Otherwise, rake leaves off the
lawn and directly onto your flower beds, shrub borders and vegetable
"I found that Patio Plants Unlimited offers much more than just a
watering system. Stephanie also brought a new and creative perspective
to my deck. She listened to my concerns and addressed them directly. I
am so thrilled with the results!"
Fact or Fiction:
Debunking Landscape Myths
Are some plants natural
insecticides? Can you make a bomb out of fertilizer? Does talking to
your plants really help? Here's you chance to find out if these and
other landscape rumors are fact or fiction. I'll be presenting this
topic at the Gardens on Spring Creek on Saturday, October 6,
I promise this will be a fun yet educational class! Register
calling the Gardens on Spring Creek directly at 970-416-2486.
There is a $12 registration fee. The Gardens on Spring Creek website
has more information and a map to the location.
Hope to see you there!
It is nearly the end of September, and
the big-box store basket on the left looks as if it has completely given it up for the
season. On the other hand, my basket on the right is still green and
flowering! This time, it's pretty clear that the Patio Plants basket
is better than the big-box store's!
I've been conducting this unscientific experiment
all season. As you can see in the picture, the baskets are
side-by-side so there will be no difference in sun or wind exposure.
The baskets are exactly the same - 12" diameter plastic pots. Both are
plugged into my drip irrigation and I will do my best to treat
them equally. My basket is filled with similar plants in the some color
scheme: red, white and purple. The "big-box store" plant
is on the left
and the Patio Plants Unlimited basket is on the right.
If you want to compare how the plants were doing
last month, check the newsletter archive on my website.
If you have
any questions about your plants or irrigation system, please contact me.
I sincerely hope your patio is your own special haven.
tel: (970) 988-3808