Plant Picks
A great plant for winter interest is the shrub winterberry (Ilex verticillata). When the color of other plantings fade away the winterberry shines bright. It is not the flowers that makes this plant interesting but the dense clusters of bright red berries that remain on the branches throughout winter. Winterberry is a medium sized shrub native to Pennsylvania that grows 6’-10’ in height and can grow in both wet and dry sites. When planting a winterberry remember the shrub would need a male pollinator for the female to create the berries. One male can pollinate up to ten female shrubs. Not only is it a stand out plant in the winter visually, but wildlife also get to enjoy feasting on the berries.

 

Growing Trends E-Newsletter

November 2013

Bulb Planting
As the fall planting season is coming to an end Leydon Landscaping Inc. is still taking orders and scheduling for bulb planting. For early spring color contact us with your bulb order

Fall Cleanups
As the brilliant colors of fall begin to fade soon it will be time to clean up the gardens for the season. Leydon Landscaping Inc. is now scheduling for their fall cleanups. This service includes the cleaning out of garden beds of leaves and debris, cutting down perennials, and the removal of annuals. Pruning of late summer blooming shrubs and a fall application of fertilizer for your small trees and shrubs. In addition to fall cleanups Leydon Landscaping can install deer fencing/ netting and spray deer repellant to protect your landscape plants. We also provide services to clean up and winterize your garden pond. To schedule your fall cleanup call us at (215) 794-3854.

Late Fall Watering
With the warm temperatures and the dry conditions this fall, it is important that all your landscape plants have a sufficient amount of water to go into the winter months especially evergreens. Evergreens lose moisture through the foliage and dry out quickly. Broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendrons, azaleas and hollies are the most susceptible. While the ground is still able to absorb water and your garden hose has not been put away for the season, you want to deep water your landscape plants (trees, shrubs, and perennials) by soaking the soil 6”-8” in depth. One good way to deep water your plants is to place the hose at the base of the plant and run a trickle of water about the width of a pencil. Length of time will vary according to the size of plant. This method of watering assures that water is soaking in to the roots. Once the ground has frozen, water runs off the ground surface and cannot get down to the roots where it is needed. Plants affected by winter dryness are less vigorous resulting in poor growth. In some cases plants may not overcome the effects and die before spring arrives. By giving plants water in the late fall they will be less stressed and be ready for the warm days of spring.