In addition to being the owner of Marble Falls LILY FLOWER SHOPPE, I have spent years as a landscaper and am a certified Master Gardener. As we are in the fall season and soon will be approaching winter, now is the time to clean up your yard and trim your trees. You can cut back all of your annuals that have died back, trim up your perennials since they are spent and trim any dead limbs or limbs that are lying too low to the ground or are over your rooftops.
It is also time to make arrangements for your houseplants and tender evergreens. You can move them inside your home or into your garage or to an outdoor building with supplemental heat. If you are not able to move them inside, you can cover them with sheets, throws or blankets and even towels. DO NOT COVER YOUR PLANTS WITH PLASTIC SHEETING! You can wrap the bottom of the pot but do not put the plastic directly on the leaves and limbs of your potted plants or trees. The plastic gets wet and cold and does not hold the temperature next to the leaves. If the weather stays below freezing for an extended amount of time, it will crack the plastic sheeting releasing any warm built up and “burn the leaves” ( they will turn black). You can also purchase the “Planket” green covers but they tend to be a bit expensive and when you have lots of plants like me, it is quite costly. Don’t forget to water your plants during this time as well. The heat and air dryness will dry out your plants while they are indoors. You do not have to water as often as when they were outside but they still need a little drink. Best way to check, stick your index finger down into the soil up to your first knuckle on your hand. If it is damp or wet, no need to water. If dry then it is time to get it a drink!
Another good tip for the season is to add mulch or remulch your flower and decorative beds. Now is the time to add a little compost and then some mulch. I recommend Spaghum Peat Moss that comes in the blocks or bricks. When you break away the peat moss and spread it around your plants, it will eventually dissolve into the soil and add valuable nutrients. You can also use larger wood mulch but you will need to add a little compost as well for additional nutrients.
As I am sure like you, I have a love/hate relationship with the tree leaves in my yard! I have numerous trees and most of them are deciduous. While I love them in the spring and summer with all their beauty and significant amount of shade, they still tend to drive me crazy when they all fall off at the same time especially all over my cozy front porch and driveway! If your money and time is running low, you can use the brown leaves in your yard as a mulch as well. Don’t rake up all those leaves, purchase a “mulching blade” for your lawnmower and “mulch” all those leaves back into your yard’s soil. They are excellent for water retention and adding good microrganisms. That is how you recycle instead of raking all those priceless leaves.
Remember to clean all of your yard tools in between each tree and shrub so that you don’t spread any oak wilt, aphids, powdery mildew or spider mites! Do not use shredded oak trees as mulch as we do have severe cases of Oak Wilt disease in the hill country area and don’t want to contaminate your trees. Happy Pruning and don’t forget to contact us with any of your Marble Falls florist or gardening needs.