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Be 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.

Get Out!

Here's a check-list of yard work to do now:

  • Plant 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 large 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 garden.

"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!"

Kathy,
Fort Collins

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, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

I promise this will be a fun yet educational class! Register by 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!

Which is Better?

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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!

September BasketsI've been conducting this unscientific experiment all season. As you can see in the picture, the baskets are hanging 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.

Stephanie Selig
tel: (970) 988-3808
Stephanie@patioplantsunlimited.com
www.patioplantsunlimited.com