Our plant pick of the month is Witch Hazel, a deciduous shrub that adds a bit of color to the winter months.

This deciduous shrub adds a bit of color to the winter months, the delicate threadlike pedals blooms from late fall to early spring. In addition to its colorful pedals, which curl up at night and unfurl on a sunny day, the flowers are also fragrant. Flower color ranges from yellow to red depending on the cultivar. The multi-stemed rounded shrub grows best in full sun to part shade and likes soil that drains well. Depending on the cultivar the height varies from 10’-20’ tall.


Growing Trends E-Newsletter: November 2016

Fall Cleanups
With cooler temperatures and 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 through the winter months. We also provide services to clean up and winterize your garden pond.

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.