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For  plants,  autumn is the threshold of  dormancy (a period of rest characterized by temporary growth cessation and suppressed metabolism). Hormone balances with each plant either push or stop growth and is determined by day length and temperature.   Cooler temperatures and shorter days increase the balance of inhibitor hormones which induce dormancy and stall shoot development from buds.     

For  trees and shrubs that loose their leaves, fertilization should be done during the growing season only. If fertilizer is applied later in the year the plants may continue to grow and will not harden off for winter.   However, for the evergreen conifers (like pine, spruce, & arborvitae) and the evergreen broadleafs (like rhododendrons, azaleas, & laurel) fertilizer can be applied in the latter half of

 the year without problems because these plants simply store up the excess nitrogen  in their evergreen leaves.   This in turn gives the plant the strength for a head start for spring growth.

 

All plants will need ample water during dry autumns and winter months and will benefit from an occasional watering to avoid dehydration, especially under eaves and overhangs by decks.

Here are a  few points to remember about your trees and shrubs to help them survive the winter:

  .  Do mulch bark dust over the plants’ roots but leave a space of 3” around the trunk.

  .  Dormant spray  to control disease on the fruiting and flowering varieties.

  .  Dormant prune to control shape, health, and production of flowers or fruit. 

WINTER DORMANT SPRAY

Evans Farms carries dormant season sprays.   Dormant sprays control fungus & will smother the  over-wintering insects & eggs.

Liquid Copper Spray

Oil and Lime Sulfur

Sulfur Spray

Dormant Oil Spray

FERTILIZER FOR              EVERGREENS

NW Best granular fertilizer & 16-16-16 granular fertilizer  will provide the nutrients to make more vigorous conifers & broadleaf evergreens.

PRUNING SEMINAR

On Feb.  6, 2009  we will  host a Tree Pruning Seminar  by  Lyle Feilmeyer, a professional arborist.  Learn  how ,when, where, what and why to prune   The fee is $6.00.     Register today.   Call 503-632-3475

 

EVANS FARMS
GROWERS OF ORNAMENTAL NURSERY STOCK
22289 So. Molalla Hwy 213 Oregon City, OR 97045
PH: 503-632-3475  FAX: 503-632-4967
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