Category

Blog Post

Nick’s Green Chile Recipe

By | Blog Post | No Comments

Nick’s New Mexico Green Chile  

Serves 6

Ingredients:

4 cups water

4 cups roasted & peeled chopped green

Chile peppers

10 oz. canned tomatoes crushed with

  juice

2 cloves – fresh garlic minced

1/8 Cup bacon drippings or lard

1/8 Cup Flour

Salt to taste

2lbs. Cubed cooked pork or meat of choice. (Cook Beforehand)

Directions:

In a dutch oven, heat bacon drippings until hot.  Add flour until it looks like elmer’s glue.  You may not need all the flour.  Brown flour until caramel brown; if you don’t brown well enough, chile will look chalky.

Add water, whisking until all lumps are gone.  Add tomatoes with juice, chilies,

garlic and salt.  At this point, chile may still be too thick; add a little more water;

not too much.  Add meat and let Simmer for 10 minutes.

Ta Da and Enjoy.

Watch our video to see how easy it is to make Green Chile

Grow Cabbage for the Health of It

By | Blog Post | No Comments

This gardening season is going to be an especially healthy one if gardeners follow advice from the National Garden Bureau (NGB). The organization has decided 2017 should be the year of the underappreciated vegetables in the Brassica family.

Brassica plants, like cabbage and broccoli, are some of the most delicious and nutritious vegetables we can grow in our gardens. Some of the other healthful vegetables in the Brassica group include Pak or Bok Choi, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi, radish, rutabaga and turnips.

These vegetables provide loads of vitamin C and soluble fiber, plus they’re known for their healthy doses of glucosinolates. Research shows this important compound helps reduce the risk of some cancers of the digestive tract. Red Brassicas, like purple cabbage, are even more nutritious because they contain a powerful antioxidant.

Besides being known for their health benefits, Brassica vegetables are some of the earliest to harvest because they thrive in chilly weather. Gardeners can begin planting these cool-season crops 4-6 weeks before the average date of the last killing frost (around the middle of May in our area) or when nighttime temperatures are still in the 40s.

All of the cool-season vegetables are easy to grow whether you have a large vegetable garden, a few raised beds or even a container garden on the patio or balcony.

You can also plant and grow these beneficial vegetables from seeds or transplants. One of the easiest ways to get started with your cool-season vegetable garden is to purchase transplants at Nick’s Garden Center. Then as soon as the time is right and the soil is dry enough to be workable, plant them in a spot that gets 6 or more hours of sun a day.

If you’d like to grow your own vegetable transplants, like cabbage and broccoli, follow seed package instructions and start seeds indoors the required number of days or weeks ahead of planting time. Slowly expose transplants to their outdoor conditions before planting.

Some Brassica vegetable seeds can be planted directly in the garden, like kale and radishes. Just dig a furrow in the soil and plant seeds ½ to 1-inch deep and several inches apart, depending on the seed packet instructions.

Cover lightly with soil, water in gently and keep consistently moist. Follow the instructions for thinning seedlings after they’ve grown about 2-3 inches tall.

Brassicas can withstand light to moderate frosts and even a layer of snow; however, be prepared to protect plants at night if a hard freeze is predicted. Use row cover cloth, old sheets, plastic milk jugs, buckets or other plant coverings. Remove plant protection each morning.

Harvest your healthy vegetables while they’re still small and tender. Then enjoy them grated into salads, tossed into soups, sautéed with other vegetables, simply steamed, or quickly stir fried to get the tastiest and most nutritious results.

How to Grow Bonsai Trees

By | Blog Post | One Comment

Bonsai is the art of finely-sculpting miniature trees to recreate how they appear in their natural setting. It’s a hobby suited for any gardener who enjoys spending time nurturing plants. Unlike a typical houseplant that needs intermittent care, bonsai trees need a few minutes of attention on a regular basis.

That’s because these miniaturized trees are planted in shallow pots where soil can dry quickly. But with attention to detail, bonsai trees can live to be more than 100 years old.

To see some fine examples of beautiful bonsai exhibits, take a stroll through the Bill Hosokawa Bonsai Pavilion at the Denver Botanic Gardens. When the weather warms in late spring, the trees move from the greenhouse to outside for the summer. This bonsai collection is especially relevant because it includes Colorado native species, like Ponderosa pine, Aspen and Colorado Blue spruce, some over 250 years old.

Each bonsai is like a little work of art, grown in a specific style and shaped with a sculptor’s eye while pruning the roots and branches. Each bonsai is meant to replicate the look of an ancient tree on a miniature scale.

Bonsai that take years to cultivate may cost thousands of dollars, but it’s inexpensive for beginners to get started at the hobbyist level. A suitable plant, soil, bonsai pot and scissors are all that’s needed.

A good option for bonsai beginners is to select a tree that’s meant to grow indoors. Tropical plant plants, like ficus, schefflera, portulacaria, cherry, and serissa, can do well indoors.

Bonsai can be grown outside in cold weather areas, if the tree is matched to the growing conditions. While most growers use greenhouses to protect their trees in winter, some trees can be protected through the winter in a cold frame or other sheltered area and watered to keep it from becoming dehydrated.

One of the most fascinating aspects of the hobby is that growers can start with a small tree and grow it larger or start with a large tree and grow it smaller. The difference is how it’s pruned and cared for.

Select a container that complements the tree’s size, shape and color. Most containers are shallow so they can show off some of the tree’s roots. Because of this, consistent watering is critical, and the soil should never dry out completely.

Be sure to give bonsai 5-6 hours of direct sunlight each day, whether the tree is grown inside or out.

Growing bonsai in the Japanese tradition means a little time each day is spent with the tree in quiet observation. This time allows the caretaker to observe the tree’s growth and consider how to prune, trim or wire the branches for the future.

There are some classic bonsai shapes that represent how a tree looks in its natural environment. Shapes can include formal upright, informal upright, slanting, semi-cascading, or cascading. Within these basic shapes are categories referred to as broom, windswept, driftwood or exposed root.

If you’re interested in exploring this ancient hobby, there are a number of good books that provide step-by-step instructions for getting started.

Garden Trends for 2017

By | Blog Post | No Comments

There are some exciting garden trends emerging for this New Gardening Year. I’ve looked into my crystal ball and can clearly see gardening will become more than just planting the landscape or tending the garden.

In 2017 people will still turn to gardening for exercise and a way to relax in the outdoors. But gardening will take on new meaning as individuals look for a deeper connection to their lawns, landscapes and vegetable gardens.

First, I’ve noticed more attention is focused on creating wildlife-friendly spaces. One reason is a growing awareness about the plight of Monarch butterflies and honey bees. News reports have led to more interest in not only planting to attract wildlife, but helping to sustain it. Even non-gardeners understand how important it is to care for wild birds, bees, butterflies and other important insects.

In addition to providing more food-producing plants for winged wildlife, the trend is toward using fewer pesticides, herbicides and synthetic chemicals, too. Fortunately, there are more organic options on Nick’s Garden Center’s shelves than ever before.

The second gardening trend is that gardeners simply want to garden more. In our cold-weather climate, that means trying to stretch the gardening season so it lasts longer. Gardeners want to get an earlier start each season, and they want to keep gardening even when the outdoor season ends.

Thanks to new developments, gardeners can do more than garden on the window in winter. Today’s hydroponic and aquaponic systems make it easy to grow indoors 365 days a year. New advances in high-intensity lighting provide super-bright, full-spectrum light, that’s also energy efficient.

T5 lights are small-sized fluorescent light bulbs that can fit into smaller spaces. They can be used to start seeds in spring or keep herbs and other edible plants growing indoors all year long. Houseplants also benefit from the bright lighting, and vertical planting systems make growing an indoor wall of plants a reality.

A third gardening trend will have a positive effect on those who want to grow their own food, even if they don’t have space for a vegetable garden. Small-space gardens can now sprout just about anywhere, from balconies to front porches and concrete driveways.

Plant breeders keep coming up with smaller-sized plants that produce full-sized fruit. And garden suppliers keep inventing new systems that can fit smaller spaces. Experienced and first-time vegetable gardeners alike are turning to online classes and gardening apps for ideas to help with planting and growing small-space gardens.

As part of this vegetable gardening trend, growers are looking for organic options, and they have a no-GMO mindset. That’s why new labeling on nearly every seed packet clearly states the seeds are untreated and non-GMO.

A fourth gardening trend has to do with saving water in the landscape. Some gardeners will replace thirsty lawns with water-wise plants and others will be on the lookout for more efficient ways to water them. I envision a future of more drip irrigation, soaker hoses and old-fashioned hose dragging. Smart technology will help improve irrigation efficiency, too.

Those are the four gardening trends I see this coming year. What trends would you like to add to the list?

A Living Gift for the Holidays

By | Blog Post | No Comments

I know a gardener’s real wish for the holidays is for planting time to hurry up and get here. Instead of trying to rush the season, let’s shake off the doldrums by giving (or getting) a dwarf citrus tree for the holidays. It’s like adding a little sunshine to every chilly day.

An orange, lemon, grapefruit or kumquat tree may be more at home in California landscapes, but as container plants they do just fine in Colorado. Potted citrus trees are a novel holiday gift because they provide many seasons of enjoyment, especially those with fragrant, sweet-scented flowers.

For the best present, select a healthy potted tree, that’s several feet tall. Make sure it’s in a container with good drainage, and be sure to include a saucer large enough to catch any excess water. A thoughtful addition to the gift is a rolling plant stand to make it easier to move.

In fact, moving a citrus tree is part of the fun of growing one. These trees like to spend time outside during warm weather, but need to be moved indoors when the temperatures start to drop in fall. A slow transition from outside to inside and back again helps trees become acclimated to each temporary living space.

Now that winter is near, dwarf citrus trees become extra-special houseplants as they spend the cold months indoors. Trees can do just fine in a cool indoor setting, but they will do best in a sunny, south-facing window.

No sunny spot? No problem. There are plenty of simple supplemental lighting options to ensure the tree gets enough light through winter.

Light is certainly important, however, watering is the most critical aspect of caring for trees – as in don’t overwater! Indoor trees need soil that’s on the drier side to prevent roots from rotting.

Too much water is the number one reason for an indoor container tree’s decline. Because the tree doesn’t use as much water as it would during a hot summer, it simply needs less. The soil has to dry between waterings.

Before watering, wait for signs of wilting, like droopy leaves. Another gardener’s test is to use a short ruler to poke into the soil and measure whether it’s dry to at least 2 inches before giving it a drink.

In addition to root rot, consistently wet soil can encourage other problems, like attracting insect pests.

When gardening indoors with container citrus trees, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of insect activity. A weekly inspection for small white insects, webbing on branches or brown lumpy areas on leaves is all it takes to spot a potential problem.

Similar to treating some insect pest issues on outdoor plants, a good spray of water may dispatch pests quickly. Some gardeners also add a small amount of alcohol to the water spray and wipe leaves with a soft cloth.

When the nighttime temperatures are consistently warm in spring, move your container tree outside to a sheltered area, like a covered porch or patio, and protect leaves from sunburn.

Spring is also a good time to fertilize with a citrus tree formula or a well-balanced, slow-release plant food.

After the tree flowers, it may take six months or longer for fruits to mature and ripen. Be patient, and you’ll be rewarded with the gift of fresh oranges or lemons to enjoy no matter what the season.

How To Create Winter Container Gardens

By | Blog Post | No Comments

As beautiful as the winter landscape is, sometimes Mother Nature can use a helping hand. When I look out my windows as the days get shorter, I need to see something that lifts my spirits.

The best way I’ve found to add a touch of color and some good cheer to my empty garden is a few well-placed containers brimming with hardy plants, fresh evergreen boughs, pine cones and other natural materials. If there’s an electrical outlet nearby, a length of twinkly lights chases the gloom away.

It’s easy to change out pots filled with fall foliage to create a winter container garden. First, choose the pots that can stand up to cold temperatures, like fiberglass, iron, wood or heavy plastic. Store away the terra cotta clay containers because they can crack or flake from cold winter weather.

The next step is gathering the plants and other materials to design the winter container. Select one or more hardy plants that are rated for Zones 3 or 4—the colder the better. Small evergreen trees or a hardy holly plant will give some upright structure and seasonal color to the container.

To help your live plants make it through the winter, water prior to planting and place the container where it’s protected from drying winds and drying soil. It’s also a good idea to keep watering the plants, at least monthly, until soil freezes.

Ornamental grasses, meant for a single season, can be at the center of the container, too. Another idea is to substitute tall branches that add height as the container’s focal point.

The best-looking winter containers are those that mix living and dried materials, all tightly packed together. Fresh-cut boughs of spruce, fir, cedar and juniper give containers color and layers of texture. A few gold-tipped evergreen branches add an unexpected spark of color to the greenery.

When arranging the boughs, think in layers and place a few almost upright and let others drape over the edge of the container. Use smaller seasonal plants, like winterberry, to fill in along the container’s front border. Beautiful fruits and berries will typically hold their color through the season, especially stems with rose hips at their tips.

Several redtwig dogwood branches, curly willow spikes or other unusual branches add the finishing touch to the container’s overall design. Sprinkle them randomly through the greenery by poking one end into the soil deep enough so they’ll stay upright.

If the soil is too dense, pour a bucket of warm water into the container to make it more pliable.

Place other natural elements, like assorted sizes of pinecones, seed heads, and dried grass plumes, throughout the container, too. If needed, use wire to attach these trimmings to branches or tie wired florist’s picks to decorations and place them where you need them as filler.

If you don’t have access to natural decorative embellishments, or simply want a more seasonal container, you can add stems of artificial holly berries, silk poinsettia flowers, sprays of life-like boxwood picks, and suspend some fake mistletoe at the top.

Every container is sure to be a welcome sight during the quietest season in the garden.

Indoor Gardening With Houseplants

By | Blog Post | No Comments

Houseplants can be common or uncommon, and it has nothing to do with the kind of plant you choose for your space. Instead of selecting a houseplant and plunking it in a sunny spot, it’s time to rethink ways to use houseplants as part of the interior design.

Houseplants add so much to the indoors we need to treat them like the green treasures they are. They clean the inside air to help us breathe easier, they add a sense of calm, and plants help boost our happiness quotient. Houseplants can also add style to any room in the house.

Now’s the time to start shopping for houseplants at Nick’s to light up the indoors during winter. When browsing the houseplant aisles, pay attention to the different types of plants to imagine what will work best in your space. There are climbing and trailing plants, bushy and upright plants, flowering potted plants, ferns and palms, cacti and succulents, miniature trees, air plants, and pint-sized plants for dish gardens and terrariums.

No matter which kind of houseplants you choose, think about the ways you can turn the display into an indoor garden. One key to success for becoming your own plant interior decorator is by following the landscape design concepts of balance, focal point and color.

BALANCE
Balance means the plants are in proportion to the space and to the other houseplants. Choose plants that are similar in size, form and texture. For example, place all cactus plants together instead of mixing spiny plants with those that have smooth leaves.

Another example of balance is repeating themes of plants. Air plants are perfect for creating a set of similar, yet different-looking plants. A series of dish gardens or terrariums in different sized containers adds interest, as does a lining up plants in identical containers on a windowsill.

Balance can also mean similar shaped plants in pots of different sizes placed on a bookshelf or coffee table, as if they’re collectibles. An especially attractive display is hanging four identical houseplants on a wall in place of a single painting or framed photos.

FOCAL POINT
In the landscape, a focal point is either a plant or a structure that draws you into the garden. This idea can also apply to houseplants that lend an architectural feel to your space.

A houseplant with tall tree-like foliage or a large hanging plant can be a spectacular specimen plant that adds drama to a room.

A focal point houseplant is the kind that can fill an empty space or corner to make a room feel smaller and cozier. Matching topiaries by an entry way focuses attention as soon as guests walk in the front door.

COLOR
Flowering plants are typically responsible for color in the garden, and they can be placed in the indoor garden as well. Indoor blooming plants, like orchids, provide splashes of color when placed among other houseplants.

When adding flowering plants to the indoor garden, choose several of the same variety and place them together in groups. Repeating themes of plants is what makes outside gardens attractive to the eye, and that works for the indoor garden, too.

For a special decorator-like touch, look for plants with colorful foliage that complement the tones in your home. For example, take a cue from colorful throw pillows to match plants with burgundy, purple or gold-tinged foliage.

Another way to ensure color with houseplants is to mix and match the different leaf colors. Select a few plants with dark green leaves, some with light green leaves, and toss in a few with variegated leaves to bring your indoor garden to life.

Succulents Make Lovely Living Ornaments

By | Blog Post | No Comments

Small-size succulents make for some of the most interesting gardening displays these days. Succulents are adaptable to a variety of conditions, and with their thick fleshy leaves and stems they’re known for being drought-tolerant. Succulents are also popular because there are so many different kinds to choose from.

As nice as succulents are in the garden, they look equally at home indoors. Some of my favorite uses for succulents include displaying small-sized planters of mini-succulents, filling a terrarium with a selection of sculptural-looking succulents, and using them to fill a picture frame.

With the holidays approaching, succulents make for striking hostess gifts or an out-of-the-ordinary decorating choice by creating a living wreath.

A wreath made with succulents, like hens and chicks, is especially attractive and an enjoyable DIY project. To get started you’ll need a base, sphagnum moss, potting soil, plants, and some fine-gauge wire (or long pins) to hold the plants in place. You can buy a pre-made base at a craft shop or make your own from chicken wire molded over a donut-shaped plywood base and stapled into place.

Line the form or base with sphagnum moss and fill with potting mix. Start planting by arranging the largest of the plants first, then fill in with smaller succulents.

Press each plant into the soil and then cover the soil with pieces of the moss. Use the fine-gauge wire to wrap around the wreath to hold just the moss in place. Water while the wreath is lying flat. Let the water drain into a sink or tray and keep the wreath flat for a few weeks to allow the plants to root. Then hang it up. To water, take the wreath down and soak it for 10-15 minutes.

Another way to display succulents is by planting them in a miniature-garden to use as a centerpiece that lasts longer than a fresh flower arrangement.

To plant a succulent centerpiece, select a low container of any shape. Just make sure there are holes in the bottom to allow water to drain and have a saucer or tray to catch the excess water.

Succulents are plants that like soil on the dry side, so use a well-draining potting mix to fill the container. A good-quality container potting mix meant for cactus plants will work well for succulents, too.

Select succulents in sizes that are in proportion to the container and the other plants. Look for a variety of shapes and colors that work well together. One larger succulent can be the specimen plant, just like in the landscape.

Place the plants on top of the soil to find a pleasing arrangement before planting. Look at the arrangement from all angles to make sure it’s balanced without any obvious empty spaces. For each plant, dig a small planting hole, remove the plant from its container and place it as deep as it was in its container.

After all the plants are in place, water gently to give the miniature garden a good start. Add any extra decorative touches, such as small stones and miniature garden ornaments similar to those used in fairy gardens.

The best advice for caring for your succulents is to avoid overwatering. Be sure to let the soil in the container dry to several inches before watering. Another care tip is to keep your succulent garden out of direct sunlight to prevent burning the leaves.

Stock Up On Winter Squashes

By | Blog Post | No Comments

October is the best time of year to shop for great gobs of gourds. Buy plenty so you can have them on hand to enjoy during the cold winter months.

Pumpkins are the most popular of the winter squashes, but most folks use those just for decorating or carving. While you’re shopping, be sure to pick up a few sugar or pie pumpkins to use for cooking, stuffing and baking.

There’s a wonderful world of winter squashes available and now’s the time to stock up for the season. There are at least a dozen kinds of squashes at Nick’s Farm Market to use for decorating and for delicious eating.

Many gardeners grow winter squashes in their vegetable gardens, but most varieties take about twice as long to grow as summer squashes. They also take up more space in the garden, so there’s a limit to the numbers of winter squashes gardeners grow.

Mature winter squashes are perfect for storing for the long term because they’ve been cured to have a tough outer skin. When you shop for a winter squash, look for one that’s colorful, heavy for its size and with a hard rind. Avoid squashes without a stem or those that have blemishes or soft spots because they won’t keep as long when stored in a cool, dry space.

Winter squashes are naturally low in calories, high in fiber and are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Their deep rich yellow and orange colored flesh means they have plenty of beta-carotene, too. Even the seeds are good for roasting and snacking.

Here are eight of the most popular winter squashes and a few ideas for preparing them. Buy at least two or three varieties you’ve never tried before. You might find one you’d like to grow in your vegetable garden next year:

Acorn is one of the most familiar squashes because of its shape and dark green outer skin. Look for one that has a deep yellow grow spot that shows where it was in contact with the soil. Acorn squashes are good for cutting in half, stuffing and baking.

Delicata is the colorful yellow and green squash with an oblong shape. Delicata has a thinner skin than some winter squashes making it easier to slice and roast with olive oil and dried herbs.
Red Kuri has a unusual onion-like shape. These red squashes are a smaller-size, but are dense on the inside. Most chefs prefer to roast these squashes until very tender, remove the flesh and puree for a tasty and beautiful soup. For added flair, scoop the seeds from a small pumpkin to use as an attractive soup tureen.

Blue Hubbard is the large and lumpy blue-gray squash that might scare away some people. The size can be intimidating, but that just means there’s more to love. To prepare, cut in half, place it flesh side down in 1/2 inch of water and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 375 degrees. Scoop out the flesh to use as a side dish, a base for soups and purees, or use it to make “pumpkin” pie.
Spaghetti squashes have a buttery smooth exterior and stringy flesh inside. To use, cut a spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and bake cut side down in a 450-degree oven for 30-40 minutes. Let cool and use a spoon to scrape strands of squash from inside; top with spaghetti sauce.

Sweet Dumpling is as delicious as it sounds. These small-size squashes are a good size for cutting in half and baking. They make cute side dishes when served individually with butter and brown sugar.

Carnival squashes are small speckled squashes that are a cross between Acorn and Sweet Dumpling. They have a slight acorn shape and can be orange, yellow and green with speckles. The flesh is yellow with a mild taste that pairs well with maple syrup.

Butternut squashes are tan with a long neck and bulb-like bottom. For easier cutting through the tough skin, poke a few vent holes in the squash and microwave until slightly soft. Then cut the bottom portion from the neck and slice into rings; then peel. Use butternut squash to make soups, casseroles, muffins and breads.

To prepare the scooped out squash seeds, wash and remove any stringy flesh. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer, sprinkle with kosher salt or other seasonings and roast in a 400-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until toasted and lightly browned.

Take The Fall Lawn Care Quiz

By | Blog Post | No Comments

The season may have changed from summer to fall, but that’s no excuse to stop taking care of your lawn for the year. There’s still some care bluegrass lawns need before they go dormant for the winter.

Take this True or False quiz to test your fall lawn care knowledge. Then check your answers to see what your lawn needs before the snow starts to fly.

Lawns require less water in fall, so there’s no need to keep watering. True or False?
Fall is the time to treat the lawn for broadleaf weeds, like dandelions. True or False?
The last lawn fertilizing of the season is the most important one of the year. True or False?
Fall is the worst time of the year to reseed or renovate a bluegrass lawn. True or False?
The best fertilizer for a fall lawn feeding is one that’s high in nitrogen. True or False?
Fertilizer can be applied anytime in fall, even after the lawn has turned brown. True or False?
Core aerating a lawn is best when done only in spring. True or False?
Fall fertilizing gives turfgrass roots the energy they need to survive the winter. True or False?
Once the ground freezes, there’s no need to water in the winter. True or False?
Fall fertilizing helps lawns green up sooner in spring. True or False?
CHECK YOUR ANSWERS
How well do you handle fall lawn care? Use the answers to create a fall lawn care plan you can tackle this month.

False. While lawns do require less water in fall, a healthy lawn still needs watering about once a week especially if there’s a lack of measurable precipitation.
True. Fall is the time to treat the lawn for broadleaf weeds, like dandelions. If you had problems with broadleaf weeds, now’s the time to control them. Dandelion, bindweed, clover, thistle and plantain can be treated with herbicide while grass is still green.
True. The last lawn fertilizing of the season is the most important one of the year. Fertilizing now helps grass grow roots and side shoots that will make for a healthier lawn next season.
False. Fall is a good time to seed, reseed or renovate a bluegrass lawn. Sod can also be planted as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Be sure to keep up with winter watering so the new lawn doesn’t dry out.
True. The best fertilizer for a fall lawn feeding is one that’s high in nitrogen. Roots need nitrogen to help them grow so look for a lawn fertilizer with the highest first number, such as a 22 or 25.
False. Time your fertilizer application while the lawn is still green and at least several weeks before freezing weather begins. Water before and after fertilizing.
False. Core aerating the lawn in fall is a good first step before reseeding and fertilizing.
True. Fall fertilizing gives turfgrass roots the energy they need to survive the winter. Stronger, healthier roots will help turfgrass weather the winter and start growing again next spring.
False. Winter weather in our region often has a freeze and thaw cycle. Keep up with watering in winter – by hose and sprinkler – about once a month when there’s no snow cover and temperatures are above 40 degrees. Water early in the day to prevent water from freezing on the turf.
True. Fall fertilizing helps lawns green up sooner in spring. Healthy roots will start growing again in early spring so you can have the first green lawn in your neighborhood.