It’s Important to Keep Watering Trees & Shrubs Throughout Autumn

Evergreens Really Need Water Before Winter!

The gardening season isn’t over while there’s still watering to do,  according to Sharon Yiesla, Plant Clinic assistant at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.

Going into winter with dry roots can cause trouble for plants in spring. If the roots are damaged because they dried out in fall, they can’t absorb water in spring. Water stored in their roots supports early spring growth. If the reservoir is low, they can start out the year stressed by drought and never get over it.

If you water nothing else, water evergreens and any trees and shrubs that were planted this year or last year.

Newly planted trees haven’t had time to grow a large system of roots to absorb and store water, so they need frequent watering to make up for it.

Evergreens need stored-up water to make up for what they lose through their leaves, especially in the cold, dry air of winter. “People don’t realize that water is leaving those needles all winter long,” Yiesla said. When evergreens don’t absorb a sufficient water supply in fall, their needles can dry out, turn brown and die.

 

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Seasonal Tips for late Autumn Planting of Perennials in Wisconsin

Peonies – and Perennials to Plant in Fall! 

As we move into fall, and we’re still enjoying some warm days, but cooler nights. So now is the time to consider adding perennials and flowering shrubs that will add color and beauty to your landscaping.

Planting in fall, is, most often a perfect time to plant and allow the plant to become established for next the next year’s growing season.  In general, plants with shallow, fibrous root systems can be planted more easily in the fall than those with fewer, larger roots.  

These include perennials and shrubs & trees such as: 

This upcoming month of October Heritage Hill is offering 50% off of all Perennials, so it’s a really perfect time to consider planting! 

Last week and still showing in the spotlight is the Sunsparkler® Firecracker Sedum, a perennial you may want to consider!

A few weeks back, we featured the beautiful Sara Bernhardt Peony on our Spotlight Page.The peony is, without a doubt one of the most favored beautiful plants in Wisconsin. We recommend the below article for great planting advice for peonies from Farmer’s almanac! 

Courtesy Farmer’s Almanac Planting Peonies

Remember if you have any questions, contact our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He’ll help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

 

Caring for Roses in the Fall

This week’s spotlight is the Mystic Fairy Shrub Rose.  So we putting out info courtesy of Heirloom Roses, on how to keep your rose bush healthy as we move into winter.


High temperatures may have induced a brief period of summer dormancy, especially in hotter parts of the country, but once the weather starts to cool, many roses put on a fantastic show well into fall. The change in weather often brings wind and rainy conditions; the reappearance of diseases like black spot and powdery mildew provide a reminder that next year’s success depends on putting the roses to bed for the winter.

 

10 Steps for a Healthier Spring

 

  1. Stop deadheading 8 to 10 weeks before the first frost. This will harden off roses, allowing tender new growth time to toughen prior to potentially damaging cold weather. If your roses have hips, allow them to develop naturally. You’ll be rewarded with seasonal interest.
  2. Stop transplanting and fertilizing prior to the onset of cold weather to prevent the rose from pushing new growth. No-nitrogen fertilizers intended to promote root development, such as super phosphates, are an exception to this rule and can be applied in fall and winter.
  3. Rake up and destroy all leaves at the base of roses. Do not compost, as this could spread pathogens. Many fungal diseases that affect roses overwinter on the rose or as litter on the ground. Removing this material will reduce problems the following spring.
  4. Clip off diseased leaves from the bush. Pulling leaves off can create small tears along the stem and provide an entry point for disease.
  5. Prune off failed buds (called balling) that did not open due to rainy conditions. This will help to prevent botrytis dieback.

 

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Wisconsin Yard & Garden Tips – for July

July Tips – Especially for Schrubs

 

Refrain from applying any kind of fertilizer this month as it could harm the roots.  Wait until the cooler months of fall to apply fertilizer if the plants need a nutritional boost.  This month you’ll want to keep an eye out for plant diseases such as black spot, powdery mildew, and canker.  Inspect each plant for any signs of damaging insects.  Treat diseases and infestations accordingly using an insecticidal soap and fungicide.  If you’re unsure what type to use seek the advice from one of our knowledgeable staff at Heritage Hill Nursery. 

Newly planted shrubs will need to be monitored more closely during the summer months.  It’s important to keep the ground moist but not saturated.

Mulch Matters — You may need to replenish mulches, especially those that break down quickly, such as straw or grass clippings. Mulches should be 1-3 inches.

Courtesy Better Homes & Gardens Online 

Read More About Mulching

 

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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July Special Offers!

AND 20% off Lilacs! 

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July Specials from Heritage Hill Nursery

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Your Garden Center in Cedarburg, WI! Check here often for special web offers for garden center items and other discounts!

Garden Center July Specials

This month, Heritage Hill Nursery is offering 25% off hanging, flowering baskets.  You may want to add just a bit more color to your deck or patio as summer moves on. Now is the time to stock up!  Our plants are healthy! Not the big box store quality! 

Additionally we have a special offer on all varieties of Lilacs – 20% off!  They add such fragrance and beauty to any yard

We recently highlighted a variety of Lilac in our new  “In The Spotlight” feature of this website –  the Boomerang Lilac. You find it on that page.  Boomerang is a perfect name, because of the recurring blooming, giving even more delight throughout summer.  Bloomerang lilac reblooms on new growth, and light pruning and fertilizing encourages lots of that. Just after this dwarf flowering shrub blooms, Bloomerang should be lightly pruned.  

Courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens 

Read More Here  about Bommerang Lilacs 

 

 

Be sure to check our Seasonal Tips blog for all kinds of helpful information to keep your yard and garden looking simply beautiful!

Questions about planting, feeding and watering? Take advantage of our knowledgeable horticulturist & owner, Jason. He is here to help you make good decisions on what will work best and how to properly tend to your new plantings. Visit the Heritage Hill Nursery and garden center now! We are conveniently located, close to Cedarburg, Jackson, West Bend, Slinger, WI.

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20% off Hanging Baskets!

And 20% off Lilacs
All Varieties

Throughout July

Remember, June offers
still in effect through Saturday,
June 30th

And 20% off Forsythias! 

 

 

Season Tips – Wisconsin May Lawn & Garden Tips

Early May 

Shrubs, Care & Planting

Spring is a good time to prune out any frost damage to your shrubs, trees and other plants, which may have occurred from the harsh winter. In spring, you can prepare your yard for summer landscaping by thinning or removing deadwood and/or removing the unwanted parts of your existing landscaping. This will help prevent damage to any new landscaping.

  • After the Ground has dried, thoroughly water shrubs that may have suffered from deicing salts. This will help wash the chemicals into the ground and away from the roots
  • Look for and prune out any signs of tent caterpillars.
  • When temperatures stay above 40 degrees but before new growth appears, apply dormant sprays of lime, sulfur, or dormant oil to control overwintering scale on mugo pines and deciduous shrubs. 
  • Transplanting shrubs should be completed after the soil thaws but before new growth appears. If you missed that time frame, wait until the fall when the plant goes dormant before attempting to move. 
  • If adding new plants to landscape, write down space requirements and look for new plants that develop fall and winter interest as well. 
  • Apply fertilizer in the spring if needed. New plantings will come already fertilized so hold off until the next year or two. 
 

Above information courtesy Melinda Myers books on lawn and gardens. Specifically:

** Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden  All Year / Minnesota & Wisconsin

** Month-by-Month Gardening in Wisconsin: Revised Edition: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year

** Midwest Gardener’s Handbook:  Your Complete Guide: Select-Plan-Plant-Maintain-Problem solve- Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

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