September 29, 2017 08:10 PM
The forecast for Saturday calls for a lovely fall day. Here are five ways to take advantage of the weather from KSTP's home and garden expert Larry Pfarr:
1. Plant now for colorful spring
Now is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus and more.
A little work this fall will reward you with lots of colors next spring. A time saving tip – different types of bulbs are planted at different depths. Dig one deep hole and layer bulbs at varying depths such as tulips, then daffodils and crocus at the top. Place soil between each layer.
2. Feed the lawn before the frost
Fertilizing now makes a lawn well-nourished and healthy heading into the long winter months.
3. Make the yard feel like fall
Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalk bundles, fall mums and so much more are available at garden centers in the autumn.
Giving your front yard a fall update is quick, easy and doesn't have to be expensive.
4. Eat local
Area farmers markets are now bursting at the seams with amazing, locally-grown produce.
This time of year, you can find three seasons of produce: Summer cucumbers and tomatoes, the best of fall like squash, and cool-weather second plantings of lettuce, radish, beets and more.
And don’t forget the local apple orchards – this year's apple crop is amazing.
5. Do some landscaping
Shrubs, shrub roses, perennials and trees can be planted throughout October.
Evergreens should be planted by early October at the latest, as they take longer to settle in before winter. The key to success is making sure you keep them well-watered until the ground freezes.
Updated: September 29, 2017 08:10 PM
Created: September 29, 2017 12:43 PM
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