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How Does Your Garden Grow?
Wednesday, September 26, 2007 • Posted September 25, 2007 10:00 PM

Fall is for planting. Choose your flowering shrubs, trees and flowers while in bloom. You won’t be disappointed the following spring.

Plant perennials during the next two months and move plants that are in the wrong place. Protect seedlings from pill bugs with a bait. Mulch when planting trees, shrubs, flowers or groundcovers, use several layers of newspaper beneath the plants. Cover with 2-3 inches of mulch. Weeds won’t be a problem. It helps hold in moisture as well as protection during the winter.

Plant for butterflies. If you enjoy “Flying flowers” plant the following plants in your gardens! They will attract butterflies all season, but many gardeners wait for the migration of the Monarch, which usually happens from October through mid-November. Try the following perennials; Fall aster, goldenrod, verbena, Gregg’s mist flower. Frostweed, Mexican bush sage (Salvia leucantha) and one of the favorites is butterfly bush (Buddelia davidii) you will findthe butterfly bush in the entrance of the Bindsiel park.

Tip:Be on the lookout for Brown patch or Take-all-patch. Fall and early spring is the time for the two problems to surface. Insects are very busy now, Spider mites, grasshoppers, Stink bugs and Loopers. Visit the Feed store or nursery for the best product for your problem. Remember, this is the most important time for fertilizing the lawn and planting your wildflowers.

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