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There is still time to plant bulbs such as tulips and crocus (daffodils need a longer time in the ground before freeze-up). Protect the planting area from squirrels by applying blood meal in the planting holes – the smell of this product is repellent to rodents. Longer lasting commercial blood-based products such as Ropel and Plantskyyd are also useful if you have a recurring problem. Follow directions and expect a bad smell to linger until these products dry. Some pets are attracted to the smell so keep Fido & Fluffy inside until the product dries.
Autumn is the preferred season to plant dormant trees and shrubs. While surface temperatures are cold, the soil in the root zones still retains warmth into December. Roots continue to grow until the soil temperature drops significantly. Another good reason to plant now is that nurseries usually have sales at this time of year to clear their stock.