1st Weekend Of The Holiday Gardening Season

Gardening by the Moon Weekend To-Do

An idea as old as agriculture, based both folklore and superstition but there are scientific ideas to back it up.

  • Lunar Phase: New Moon Wednesday, November 23; Thanksgiving Thursday, November 24
    • Saturday-Sunday: Moon in the sign of Libra - Prune
      • Okay, the prune landscape shrubs and hedges that flushed new growth. With an early frost, this growth will burn and look unattractive.  

Later in the Week

  • Monday -Tuesday: Moon in the sign of Scorpio - Plant for root growth -
    • If the ground is not too muddy, ornamental trees and shrubs can be planted.   But don't expect to see any new growth until spring. These new plants use the winter months to establish their roots and then" take off" in spring when the weather warms.
Other Things To-do
  • Remove the fallen leaves and other debris from turf and ground cover areas and add them to your compost pile. If left for an extended period, the plants or lawn underneath the layer will die from the lack of sunlight.
  • A late fall application of Copper Sulphate is critical in controlling Peach Leaf Curl and 'Shot-Hole' Fungus on Peaches, Nectarines, and Plums.
  • And finally, With the shorter and cooler days, Bluegrass, Ryegrass, and Fescues are mowed shorter than they were in the summer, so lower the height on your mower.