Trees and Shrubs

    • September is your last opportunity of the year to fertilize shrubs and trees in the landscape.

    • This is probably the worst time of year to do major pruning of shrubs. Late summer and fall pruning can stimulate tender growth that might be damaged by low winter temperatures.

    • Fall is a better time than spring for planting trees and shrubs. They respond well to planting late in the year because our relatively mild winters allow for root growth. Fall-planted shrubs are well on their way toward having their roots established before hot weather arrives next spring.

    • Pine needles make excellent mulch and needles typically fall during September and October. Rake and use them in the vegetable and flower garden as well as in shrub beds. Apply generously to obtain a depth of 2 to 3 inches on the soil surface after they have settled.