Fertilizing and Pruning

As I write this blog (the 13th of November), I encourage you to postpone any additional fertilizer applications to your landscape.  Most plants, including your lawn don’t need it and you’ve wasted fertilizer, plus if you just pruned back any of your plants, this could encourage new growth that could be severely damaged or kill them if we receive any severe cold weather (temperatures in the 20’s or lower – yes we do occasionally encounter these conditions).

Also, because we frequently experience temperatures in the 70’s – 80’s, now, we’re tempted to prune back our plants (especially herbaceous ones).  Don’t do this.  Instead wait till next February – March, otherwise you could damage your plants because of the cold.

Some of you may question my comments on this matter, particularly since we’ve had very mild winters the past few years.  I agree, it’s a judgment call, but why take the risk?

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About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!
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