09:47AM | 11/04/02
Member Since: 10/31/02
6 lifetime posts
After living in the city for 15 years, I finally bought a house in the suburbs that has a nice bit of landscaping around the house. The problem is, I've never had to take care of landscaping, and I don't know what to do now that the winter is coming. There are some bulb flowers, rose bushes, tomato plants and other miscellaneous flowers that once looked good, but now look drooped and dead.

Is this normal? Is there something I should do to ensure they stay alive over the winter, or should I just not worry about it?
Thanks for your help!


03:31AM | 11/05/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Tomato plants and many flowers are killed by frost. This is normal. If you want more next year, you have to plant them in the spring. Those plants are called "annuals".
Some flowers return year after year. These are "perennials". Many of the "bulb" flowers are perennials.
You can learn about gardens and plants, and make a nice garden area that requires little annual maintenance, or you can have one that requires a complete rebuild every year. It's your choice. Chances are, you can learn a lot about what works best in your soil and climate from talking to neighbors. Other sources are library (and other) books, your local garden center, and landscaping classes.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited November 05, 2002).]


09:18AM | 11/05/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
Find any book by Jerry Baker. There is a whole lot of useful information in there regarding plants and landscaping as well as gardening and tree care. He also has tricks to save money when fertilizing the lawn, or getting rid of pests.
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