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Thursday, September 10, 2009 0 Page 11 Tri-County News Kimball, MN ............ ~. reduced moisture loss through the and also protects the roots from soil and cause root rot, especially in ~ Carl F Hoffma~ needles which, inturn, createless autumn's fluctuating temperatures, claysoil. Do not fertilize evergreens ili~!~~ ~ demand on the plant's limited root Spread the mulch over the root area at planting time. In fact, do not fer- U of M Extension horticulturist system. In addition, there is usually as far as the branches reach or even tilize them until they have become ample rainfall in autumn, a little further, but don't place the established, which may be the sec- Evergreens also benefit from mulch directly against the trunk, ond year after planting and then do Evergreen trees and shrubs the warmer soil temperatures that Pull mulch away from the trunk an not fertilize them after June 1. September is an excellent time to note that evergreens do not trans- allow the plants to become estab- inch or two to promote good air cir- Deciduous trees and shrubs may to plant young evergreen trees and plant well bare root, and should be fished before winter. Because ever- culation which prevents bark rot. be planted in September, but they shrubs. If you have evergreen trees purchased as container- grown or greens retain their needles through- Watering is certainly important, can also be planted after they've or shrubs on your property that balled-and-buflapped stock. If you out the winter, it is critical that they but bear in mind that the combi- gone dormant and have lost their have not recovered fully from win- are going to attempt to move an be planted early enough in the sea- nation of cooler temperatures and leaves. If you are going to move or ter desiccation, have been dam- evergreen by hand, water it well so sonsothattheirrootsbegintofunc- more frequent rains in autumntransplant a deciduous tree bare- aged by drought or have otherwise that the soil clings to the roots, dig fion before the soil freezes,should reduce the need for regular root, it is much better to wait until become unattractive, you probably it carefully and slide it onto a tarp Anotheradvantageyoushouldn't watering. Howe~cer, any time we go the tree or woody shrub has lost should consider replacing them. If and carefully slide it over to the new overlookis that most nurseries offer a week without good rainfall, give its leaves. Because they lose their you're looking for ways to add win- hole. a fine selection of trees and shrubs, the root ball and the area around it leaves, it is not as important that the ter color or otherwise enhance your There are some definite advan- including evergreens, at discounted a thorough soaking. Because ever- roots are established and function- landscape, consider adding some tages to planting evergreens at this prices this time of year. greens continue to lose moisture ing before winter. Like evergreens, it pine, spruce or fir trees, time of the year. The new, tender After planting the evergreens, through their needles year-round, is important to mulch the soil over Don't feel compelled to plant growth that developed in May and spread three or four inches of an it's very important that you con- the root ball area to prevent the soil the largest specimens you can find. June is mature now and less vulner- organic mulch like shredded bark tinue to water them right up until from freezing a little longer. Small evergreens will transplant able to transplant stress. The Ion- or wood chips over the root area. the time the ground freezes. 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Being a bulb, garlic which will ripen, but everything likes a chilling period to develop. has slowed down. I still have hope Poke a few cloves in the ground in for my watermelons, and it is fun to the fall, and come spring, you can watch the pumpkins turn orange, start heating up the olive oil. The Other than that, I'm thinking it 0nlychallengei8 being patient, I'm won't be long until it is time to pull going to do it. everything up and make the garden Composting: I'm going to really look tidy before winter sets in. ratchet up my compost operation I also think it is time for old Mr. this fall. Leaves. and other lawn Potato Head to call it quits. It has and garden cleanup material are been great fun to write this col- perfectforcomposting.Allofthose umn every week and even more dead plants, sweet-corn cobs and fun to meet and talk to so many of leaves are going to get composted. you about your gardens. As sum- It is a good idea to keep the com- mer ends, our thoughts will turn post pile a little damp and turn to the next season. And that, my your compost material at least friends, does not include garden- once a week with a garden fork ing. But before I go, I would like to to speed its decay. Chopping and leave you with three thoughts: gar- shredding materials to make them lic, composting and planning, smaller before adding to the pile arllc: I have a gardening helps compost break down faster. friend that is amazed that I don't If you can add a little manure it grow my own garlic. There aren't will also speed things along. As the temperatures drop this fall, the composting action will diminish. You may want to cover the com- post pile to retain heat. This fall's compost pile probably will not be ready first thing next spring, but will be a great addition to your soils as the season progresses. Planning: This is the 23rd "Mr. Potato Head" article; the first and the last are about planning. It is time to remember what worked and what didn't. What did you over- or under-plant? Which vari- eties do you like or don't like? I'm going to make some changes. Before you know it, those pretty seed catalogs will start arriving. Soon after that the snow will start to melt. Next thing you know, we'll be out there digging around again! A little planning now will prepare you to improve your garden next year. Enjoy the end of the garden- ing season. I'm grateful for the fun and wonderment of growing a garden and happy we could share through this column. Mr. Potato H0ad ig Stearng County Master Gardener and Kim- ball resident Rick Ellis. Aub ust 22rid - October lth 2009 Open Weekends & Lalmr Day i Plus: Festival Friday, October; 9am- 7pm, Rain or Shine FREE Parking! ..... ~'~::~...~ .~ .:.":i!:': -.:......:.. ":: www'renaissancefest'cm h