▪ Spread last half of lawn’s annual fertilizer allotment in two sessions, a week or two apart.
▪ Use power mower to vacuum and shred leaves for use as winter mulch or as additions to compost.
▪ Plant spring flowering bulbs after soil temperature drops below 60 degrees. (Buy your bulbs earlier in the season if you want a better selection. Keep in a cool, dry place or refrigerate.) For winter cheer, buy bulbs for forcing indoors.
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▪ Harvest parsnips, kale, beets, turnips, leeks, brussels sprouts and carrots after a moderate frost or light snow. Flavor will be sweeter then.
▪ Check trees and shrubs for weak or broken branches that may be felled by snow later. You can remove these now, sparing your tree or shrub damage that might admit disease.
▪ Once the ground freezes, mulch perennials, taking care not to pull mulch tightly around the main stem or trunk. Leave an inch or two ring open around stem or trunk, lest you create ideal conditions for crown rot.
▪ Rake leaves from flower beds to keep them from matting and directing moisture away from plants.
▪ Cover strawberries with pine needle straw or other straw not contaminated by herbicides.
▪ Make holiday wreaths or holiday decorations of conifers or other evergreens.
Upcoming gardening events
Wednesday, Nov. 8
Planning and Implementing Mid-Century Modern Landscapes (Part 2): 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. This class builds upon the principles discussed in the first class and how to apply these concepts in your own yard/garden. Learn how the home, lot and other natural elements shape design. Form a concept using appropriate shapes, patterns and size that creates a unified indoor outdoor mid-century living experience. $45 general, $40 IBG members. Register: 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Tuesday, Nov. 14
Chinden Gardeners Club’s program “Magnificent Mycelium” (our friendly fungus): 6:45 p.m. at the Meadow Creek Clubhouse, 5285 N. Riffle Way, Garden City. Refreshments and a short business meeting to follow around 8 p.m. All welcome. Claudia, 208-853-1526.
Wednesday, Jan. 24
How to Renovate Your Mid-Century Landscaping (Part 3): 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. This session will outline the steps to take to update your landscape based upon an analysis of your site. Topics will include planning changes, installing hardscape, amending soil and improving the irrigation system. $45 general, $40 IBG members. Register: 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Planting and Caring for your Mid-Century Yard (Part 4): 6:30 p.m. at Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 N. Penitentiary Road, Boise. After you have made improvements to the grounds around your home, and have a plan in place, it is time to plant. During this class you will be introduced to plants appropriate for this region, which may be used to create an exemplary Mid-Century look, and tips to keep your yard healthy year-round. $45 general, $40 IBG members. Register: 208-343-8649, idahobotanicalgarden.org.