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Tips for Gardening in the Fall

Pike Nurseries offers advice on what to do in the garden this fall.

Fall is the best time of the year for planting. From exploring new fall foliage to adding color to the landscape, there are plenty of fall gardening activities to keep homeowners playing in the dirt all season long. 

Pike Nurseries has plenty of tips and supplies for gardeners of any level. To help their loyal patrons achieve the best gardens this fall and make life easier next spring, Pike Nurseries offers these seasonal gardening tips: 

  • Do you want a touch of green showing through the snow in spring? If so, you’ll want to select and plant your bulbs now. Tulips, hyacinth and daffodils are popular choices – perfect picks for that desired splash of color.
  • If you can’t wait until spring for some brightness in your garden, plant pansies or aster. These flowers will survive the frost and pansies will come back strong in the spring with new blossoms. Aster begins flowering in September and lasts into November.
  • If you’re looking for seasonal veggies to plant, now is the time to plant them. Try cabbage, lettuce, beets, turnips, spinach, radishes, collards and broccoli. You’ll be able to harvest these plants and enjoy the fruits of your labor throughout the fall season.
  • Fall is the time to tidy up things around the garden. To do so, cut back perennials, remove dead annuals and remove weeds along with leaf debris. This simple neatening will keep your garden healthy through the winter and help protect against pests.
  • Another way to keep your garden healthy through winter is to mulch. Mulching in the fall helps keep temperatures consistent and protects the soil against heaving, which can cause roots to break.

For Peachtree Corners gardeners, Pike has two locations in nearby Johns Creek, on State Bridge Road and Holcomb Bridge Road.

john sutton October 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Flower Bulbs For Naturalizing. Almost any spot in the garden is suitable for this purpose, but we are apt to prefer the spots where we can let nature take its course, and such spots can be found in every garden. For example under trees and shrubs or if you have a large garden, unplanted open space. Rock gardens, too are extremely suitable for a number of bulbous plants. But wherever you are going to create your own piece of nature, it should be a spot which you aviod as much as possible with rake, hoe or lawn mower. If nettles or Bishop's weed are a nuisance, it is best to remove the young plants, root and all. How to plant. You will get the most beautiful display by planting a rather large surface of variety. Too many small groups tend to create an untidy effect. The planting hole should be as deep as indicated on the label of the pack of bulbs. If you are planting small bulbs ( snowdrops, crocuses, etc ) just scatter them in the planting hole and cover with soil. Larger bulbs such as narcissi should be planted one by one with their noses pointed upwards. As far as snowdrops and crocuses are concerned, these will also create a very pleasing effect in the lawn just like narcissi. Plant these bulbs in small clumps for the prettiest display. Just lift a piece of turf with a spade scatter the bulbs narcissi somewhat deeper than the smaller bulbs and replace the turf. For tips and advice go to. www.firsttimegardening.com

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