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Tips for November

Nursery Hours:
Starting November 1st the Nursery Winter hours will be Friday-Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm.
Monday-Thursday Nurserywill be closed.

Landscape Design Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm

Perennials, Annuals and Vegetables: Now that we are on the brink of having some freezing temperatures, it is a good time to do some winter cleanup and mulching. Continue to cut back perennials and remove annuals that were done in by the cold and rain.. Place compost, leaves or other mulch on top of empty vegetable beds. Take containers that held annuals and empty the containers of plants and soil, so they don't freeze, or put them in an unheated basement or garage that stays above the freezing mark. Every weed you pull now means many less you’ll have to pull in spring. You may be surprised there’s new life in this cold season, but if you look, you’ll see that those cool-weather-loving weeds continue to grow all winter. Slugs are still around and especially if you are growing winter greens in your vegetable garden, one more application of Sluggo (the natural and non-toxic slug bait) is in order if you see any sign of slugs. Lawn Care Rake up the leaves that have fallen on the lawn.

Lawn Care: Rake up the leaves that have fallen on the lawn. They make great mulch in the garden, especially if they can be shredded. The easiest way to shred them? Mow and bag them with your lawn mower!

Trees, Shrubs and Fruit: Come see our fresh stock of Summer Blooming Hydrangeas (Best Selection Now!!), wait what!? Its November!!! Yes it is November and hydrangeas may have lost their usual luster but nothing chases the Winter blues away like the hope of Spring & Summer, so why not grab a few shrubs you can plant now and have another reason to hope for sunny and warm days. We have a good variety in stock to meet you color pallet and to name a few we have

  • Twist N Shout (Pink)

  • Vanilla Strawberry (Pink to white)

  • Endless Summer (Blue)

  • Bloomstruck (Blue & purple)

  • Annabelle (Blue)

  • Ruby Slippers (Oakleaf-White to Pink)

  • Limelight ( Pale green)

  • Little Lime (Bright green)

We have more varieties of Hydrangea in stock, and 11 varieties of Camellia stop by and shop around.

Now that many trees and shrubs are dormant, selective pruning can be started on those plants that don't bloom in the early spring (those that do bloom in early spring are pruned immediately after they bloom). Check with the nursery regarding the needs of particular plants if you're uncertain.

Special pruning note: Do not prune if temperatures are at or below freezing! The wood of many plants will crack under these conditions. Be prepared to protect tender plants. Use bark or compost to mulch woody plants for the winter. Be sure to keep mulch 6" or so away from the trunk to prevent rot. For fruit trees, now is a good time to apply the first application of dormant spray. Three applications may be needed between now and around Valentine's Day, before the trees start to come out of dormancy. Check with the nursery to find out which types are recommended.

General Tips: Remember, it is the dry & cold temperatures that kills plants, so if your soils are dry and we find ourselves facing several days of below-freezing temperatures, it is a good idea to water everything well. It’s especially important to monitor plants under the eaves, since they are not being watered by Mother Nature! Clean out any remaining leaves from your pond. Don't do any digging or planting if the ground is too wet or saturated. Plant window boxes with spring bulbs, small conifers, heather or pansies to enjoy during winter and early spring. Drain hoses and put them away for the winter. Also turn off outdoor water sources and protect outdoor spigots that aren’t frost-free. Drain constructed fountains if you haven’t already; it’s better to be safe than sorry. If you have a pond or waterfall that was installed by Classic, there is no need to drain it or shut it off. It’s best to let it run all year. Have bubble wrap, burlap, plastic, old sheets or frost blankets on hand to put around pots for protection in below-freezing temperatures. Additionally, if containers can be huddled together, especially up against a fence or building, they will receive even more protection.

And if you’re wondering what to do with all those pesky leaves you have left after mulching everything in sight, bag them up and pack the bags around the huddled containers to help keep 'em cozy.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Classic!