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Fall cleanup: What to do with all the leaves?

To rake or not to rake – that has been the eternal question for homeowners every fall. Conventional thinking has always leaned toward picking up leaves; however, environmentally-minded folks make a good point when they claim that leaf litter is a natural compost and you should just leave leaves where they fall.

Both sides are right. The trick is, we need to reframe our fall clean-up thinking to reflect what it is we’re really doing -- we’re closing down our gardens and tucking them in for the winter. The goal is to stage your garden to help it transition into dormancy in the most supportive way so it can withstand whatever forces of winter are thrown at it.

Topics: Annual Gardens

Annuals Garden Landscaping Ideas

Annual Gardens - Fall Interest Plants for your Planters

There is nothing more beautiful than a planter refreshed with fall blooming annuals. Late summer can bring on a ratty look with those summer annuals. Why not enliven the planter display with the addition of mums, kale, pansies, and even some hardy perennials.

Topics: Garden Tips Fine Gardening Annual Gardens

Landscape Field Videos: How to Fertilize Annuals

How to Fertilize Annuals

Summer annuals have a short growing season in New England so it's important to fertilize regularly in order to get the best performance from your investment. This week, The Garden Continuum's Fine Gardening Division demonstrates how to fertilize annuals. We use organic fertilizers that allow us to feed our annuals more frequently because they have less Nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K). This is better for the environment because there is less NPK waste and therefore little to no fertilizer runoff affecting the environment.  In other words, we provide the plants with what they need instead of wasting fertilizer that they will never utilize. Check out the video below!

Topics: Garden Tips Annual Gardens Container Garden Planters Organic Fertilizer