As temps tumble, bundle up and take a look around your yard. Are there some plants that need a little clean up? A spot where you’d still like to plant a tree? There’s still time! Here are a few fall planting and cleanup tips:
Cut ’em or Leave ’em?
When you see the dead foliage on your plants, you might wonder, “Do I leave that or should I cut it back?” There aren’t any hard & fast rules, but here are a few guidelines:
Perennials like Coneflowers (Echinacea) and Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) provide seeds for birds and winter interest in your landscape, so it’s o.k. to leave them alone. Stonecrop (Sedum) looks great throughout the winter, so no reason to cut it back, either.
Hostas, a popular Minnesota perennial, can be cut back in the fall unless you enjoy the leaves for winter interest. If you decide to keep them in place, trim with a clean pair of shears in the spring to allow new foliage.
Inspect Existing Plants
Before winter weather hits, check your landscape for potential problems like potential safety hazards, signs of pest and disease or plants that may need some extra watering before freezing temps settle in.
Planting Trees & Shrubs
There’s still time to plant trees and shrubs in November, as the roots can grow in soil as cold as 40 degrees. There’s time for roots to establish because soil remains warm long after the air temperatures drop. Get a guide from the University of Minnesota Extension Service for more details.
What’s New on the Farm?
Last winter our team worked together to design a new shop. We recently finished it, complete with a brand new concrete floor. We’re excited to use our new space!
Remember our baby chicks? They grew up fast! The kids have fun watching them grow and gathering fresh eggs.