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Should I mulch my plants & gardens during the fall?
Yes, mulching the garden in the fall keeps the soil moist, suppresses weed growth, and also protects the plants from extremely cold temperatures.

What are the best blooming plants
for the fall?

Aster, Caryopteris, Chelone, Chrysanthemum, and Helianthus.

Should I cut my
sasanqua (camellia) back for the fall?

Prune away old, gnarly and unproductive camellia branches and those that stick out like a sore thumb. Cut unwanted branches back to the strongest main branches, just above branch unions. Aim for a 2- to 4-foot global structure with evenly spaced branches that grow outward.

When should I fertilize trees and shrubs?
Fall is a great time to fertilize shrubs and trees. In my opinion, all trees and shrubs need fertilizer, because most of them are located in mulch beds that use up nitrogen as they decompose. In addition, every fall we rake leaves off these beds, depriving plants of the nutrients that decomposing leaves would traditionally release. Fertilization in the fall also key for your plants to have that strong root growth that will help the plant to flourish in the coming spring.

What should I do to begin preparing my garden for the winter months?
Putting the garden to bed for the winter is mostly a matter of cleaning up and covering up. As fall progresses and temperatures drop, those plants that aren't killed outright by frost prepare for dormancy. Clear out the blackened stems and foliage of annual flowers and vegetables to prevent the possibility of their harboring disease pathogens and insect eggs over the winter. The cool weather is a good time to make a cold frame, dig and box in raised beds, and make general repairs.

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