Northern & Central Midwest

September, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

Five Steps to Bulb Planting Success

National News

The best time to plant spring bulbs depends on where you live. Ideally, wait until the soil temperature is below 60°F. As a general guide, plant in September through early October if you live in...

Fall Cleanup Q and A

Cutting Back Perennials Question: After the first frost, should I cut back the flower stalks on my perennials? Or is it best to leave them as is and cut them back in the spring?...

Plant Protector Bags

With fall around the corner, thoughts turn to protecting prized plants from frost. Many gardeners watch the forecast for threats of frost and then run out to protect plants with blankets, buckets,...

Shrub Dogwood Trials

Shrub forms of dogwood (Cornus) make excellent landscape plants and are widely used by landscapers around the country. They are known for their green or variegated foliage, attractive flowers and...

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In the Garden

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Fall is a Great Time to Tweak the Landscape

Fall is just around the corner -- an excellent time to think about some new landscaping. Fall weather is perfect for planting, and even if you don't want to redo everything, adding or moving around a few plants can give you a nice psychological lift as...
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Resources

Web Finds

Small Engine Advisor Although the Small Engine Advisor is a commercial site for ordering parts (which is a great...

Tool or Gardening Product

Leaf and Lawn Vacuum Although mowers do a good job of shredding leaves for mulch, with a large wooded landscape it is...
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Regional Reminders

  • It's Apple Harvest Time
  • Take Care of Tender Summer Bulbs
  • Get Ready to Plant Garlic
  • Don't Worry About Boxelder Bugs
  • Protect Plants From Early Frost

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