Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


November, 2004
Regional Report

Winterize Power Tools

Check the owner\'s manual for steps needed to winterize your mower, tiller, leaf blower, chain saw and other power equipment. You will need to at least drain the leftover gasoline and crank case oil prior to storage (or remove and fully charge the battery on battery-powered tools.)

Plan Garden Make-Over

Take a look at your landscape with a critical eye: Did you get a good seasonal display this fall or do you need to jazz up the place? Think in terms of berries and fruits as well as foliage color, and how best to display them in terms of backdrop.

Plant Bulbs

Bulb-planting season goes on until the ground freezes, but prime time is now. Take advantage of any late-season sales to perk up your early-spring flower beds; consider naturalizing quantities of the smaller, early bulbs in lawn areas; and experiment with something new, too.

Garden Gifts

Visit your local nurseries and garden centers for gift-giving ideas. If you plan any catalog orders, get those in soon to avoid that last-minute rush. If you are making any homemade gifts from the garden, plan time for these in your upcoming schedule (or mark your calendar for next year).

Prepare Bird Feeders

If you plan to feed the wild birds this winter, make sure your feeders are clean and in good repair. Look into bulk purchases of seed for convenience and lower cost. Consider planting additional natural sources of food and shelter for your feathered friends.


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