I'm a first-time gardener adopting a very established garden..........I have no idea what I'm doing and have lots of questions before winter strikes!!
Do I need to do anything to my ornamental grasses for the winter? Do I need to cut them back, or should I just leave them?
Same for black-eyed susans? many are dormant, but others are in full bloom. do i cut them back as they become dormant? if so, how far down do i cut? 3-6" from the ground?
will chives and garlic reseed themselves? i have them both in my garden, but not really sure what to do with them before winter.
I have a fig tree hiding within a bunch of what I believe to be scrub branches. Can I cut them back (since they are kind of blocking some of my driveway) or is it better to keep the fig tree protected for the winter and cut the scrub branches back in the spring? I believe that the tree is well established - few years old at least. I'll probably take some of the branches out either way, but if I need to keep some there for protection, I'll think I can handle that.
I believe that I have a very large bush/patch (whatever you call it) of globe thistle in the front yard. I haven't seen it in bloom yet, it's been dormant since I moved in. I cut the stems back to 3-5" inches from the ground. Was this okay to do? It was so ugly, I couldn't help myself!! Will they grow back? I'm assuming so! And if I wanted to transplant some of them to other areas, what's the best way to go about it?
It seems that I have a mushroom problem in the flower garden in my front yard. First of all, is this a huge problem? I mean, they aren't very attractive, so I would like to get rid of them. Any suggestions? Is there anything I can do this fall that will prevent growth in the spring?
Okay, enough for now, but I'm sure I'll be back!