What to do Now!

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It is the 11th hour for fertilizing lawns! Nassau County residents have until November 15th to fertilize; Suffolk County residents have until midnight tonight. Next time to fertilize the lawn: April 1, 2017.

Scattered frosts have been reported on Long Island so keep an eye on nighttime temperatures. If you’re still ‘frost-free’, consider the following:

• harvest any remaining green tomatoes to ripen indoors.

• harvest any remaining basil or parsley and freeze for use later this winter.

Temps are getting colder; it’s time to close the fountain for the winter.

If it’s growing, you need to be mowing! Remember – as long as grass (new and established lawns) continues to grow, you have to mow!

Ornamental cabbage and kale are long lasting plants in the fall and early winter garden! It’s all about the leaves; fabulous leaf shapes and colors add interest and texture to pots, planters, beds and borders.

Ready bird feeders; it will soon be time to feed our feathered friends.

Noticing yellow needles on eastern white pines? It happens every year around this time! No need for alarm, it’s Mother Nature’s way of shedding older growth the plant doesn’t need and cannot support. In landscaped areas, use these needles as mulch. This natural phenomenon is not limited to pines; you will see it on rhododendrons, azaleas and other evergreens at this time of the year.

Need to mulch landscape beds? Remember, only 2-3 inches of mulch is needed. Helpful hints: do not apply mulch around or over the crowns of plants, and never volcano mulch!

What’s going on in the November garden?