Lower South

November, 2011
Regional Report

Mulch Fruit Trees

Replenish the mulch covering over the soil around fruit trees to deter cool season weeds. Leave the old mulch as you add new mulch on top. The older materials will decompose slowly over time, releasing nutrients and adding organic matter to the soil surface.

Feed Cool Season Vegetables

Fertilize cool season vegetable plantings with moderate applications of fertilizer. Biological activity slows with the arrival of cooler weather and the added nutrition will help maintain strong growth and production. Nitrogen in small amounts is especially helpful and potassium contributes to increased cold hardiness.

Collect and Save Seed

Many of our landscape flowers still have seed stalks attached. Collect the seed and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for planting next season. Make sure and label the seeds with the plant name and collection date. Package up extras for gifts to gardening friends.

Relocate Landscape Plants

This is the best time of the year to dig and move landscape plants as it affords them plenty of time to become established before the arrival of hot weather next summer. If you have a shrub, vine or perennial that is not performing well due to the amount of sun exposure or another site-related factor, it may do better in another location in your landscape.

Prepare Soil for Winter Fruit Tree Planting

Areas where you plan on planting a fruit tree this winter can be prepared now by adding several inches of organic matter in an area at least 5 feet in diameter, if possible. Then mix the compost in 6 to 10 inches deep. This way when the time comes to dig a hole and plant the fruit tree, it will already have a wide area of well-prepared soil.

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