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"The expertise of the design, the plant material knowledge and the hard work and care of installation has proven Classic Nursery deserving of the praise and accolades it has received throughout the years. Customer service seems to be lacking in the service industry these days but not when you're dealing with Classic Nursery. They are a company I would be extremely happy to recommend."

- Eric N.
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Tips for October


Come check out the fall colors! Early October brings out the best in the fall season at the nursery! Come take a walk through the arboretum-like tree stock and enjoy the brilliant Fall colors and color crisp Autumn air. October also brings us the bounty of the harvest and this year Classic will be offering all your favorite plants that provide autumn color in the garden.

October in the Nursery With Fall in full swing and (gulp!) winter around the corner, plan ahead for fall purchases and tree installs.  Contact nursery for details

Looking Ahead:

November November Nursery Winter Hours begin November 1st
Friday-Sunday 10:00am 5:00pm

What to Plant

Plant now for an early jump on next spring, warm days and cool nights with approaching rains mean an ideal time to get your new trees, shrubs and perennials planted 8 months for the roots to establish before Summer..

Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables:

Summer annuals looking a bit tired? Time for Pansies!! Fall is one of our favorite times in the garden, and we hope you will join us for this unique time at Classic! Lift and divide existing hardy bulbs, if necessary, as well as overgrown or crowded hardy perennials, replanting into soil amended with compost. It is a prime time to also move that peony you have wanted to relocate. Plant the newest crop of pansies ("Winter Pansies") to add some fresh color to the garden or containers. There's still time to pop in another round of lettuce/greens. Especially if using a row cover, cold frame or other protective device, which will extend their availability for harvest even longer. Clean up strawberry beds, removing un-ripened or rotted fruit, dead leaves. Cut down asparagus plant stalks and mulch well. Consider using those falling tree leaves for your winter mulch.

Landscape Maintenance

Lawn Care:

Fall is one of the most important times to fertilize your lawn. Using a granular, organic/slow-release fertilizer, like Dr. Earth Super Natural Lawn Fertilizer, will make the nutrients readily available to the grass when spring arrives and the demand is high. As the top growth slows and leaves begin to fall, mow the lawn at a shorter height than the rest of the year.

Trees, Shrubs and Fruit:

Save those falling leaves for winter mulching — you can go over them with a lawn mower to cut them up into a finer consistency, if desired. Don’t use rose or fruit tree leaves for mulch. Rake up fallen rose, fruit tree leaves and fallen fruit and toss them in the garbage or yard waste bin (not your compost bin; this will reduce the spread of disease). Black spot on these plants can have spores that remain dormant until the spring.

General Tips:

Disconnect hoses from spigots to prevent damage from frozen pipes. Use foam coverings on outside spigots as well.

Mulch: Plants that are planted or transplanted in fall should be mulched now. The mulch holds warmth in the soil longer, giving the plants more time to get established and protecting them during the winter. Mulching established plants should not be done now, because the additional warmth could promote weak, late growth that would be damaged in winter or prevent a plant from going into necessary dormancy before winter. So mulch already established plants in early winter. Don't apply more than 2-3" of mulch at a time. And NEVER allow mulch contact with the trunks of trees and shrubs — it creates the perfect breeding ground for molds and fungi and offers a hiding place for pests that attack the bark of plants. Remember, with mulch you are trying to protect the roots, especially the more delicate root tips, which are at the underground perimeter of the plant.