September & October

If the gardening bug only bites you in the spring, you’re missing out. With fall’s cooler temperatures and nurseries less crowded, new projects are more enjoyable. Below we have included tips on making your fall landscaping more pleasurable.

Now is the time to plant fall color, ryegrass, and pick out your bulbs. A few fall cool weather color suggestions are mums, petunias, alyssum, dianthus, cyclamen, primrose, and flowering kale do extremely well this time of year and later.

Bulbs play an important role in these months as well. You can have a variety of color in your garden throughout the year, as well as indoors. There are many different types of bulbs to enhance your beds. The best selections available now are tulips, hyacinths, and specialty bulbs. Be sure to store them in a cool dry place until planting time (mid- to late December when soil temperatures are 50° or colder). Layer different bulbs with different bloom times in pots or in the garden and enjoy their rotating blooms throughout the season.

Fertilization will keep your plants and turf from falling victim to health problems. Like mulch, it helps hold moisture in the ground and helps maintain the temperature. It is also time for your fall pre-emergent weed control along with any broadleaf weed treatments. Caring for your plants and trees now will be less costly in the future. Repair work, replacements and special treatments are very expensive, especially compared to the costs of fertilizer and preventative maintenance.

Are you planning on planting new trees? If so, fall is a great time. Save yourself from future trouble by following these simple steps:

  • Be sure the site you select is free from telephone and electrical lines.
  • The area should be well-drained and have proper sunlight.
  • Dig a hole 3 times wider than the root ball or container of the tree. The hole should not be deeper than the depth of the soil in the container.
  • Carefully set the tree into the hole and back fill with the original soil.
  • It is not necessary to add amendments to the backfill. You want to encourage the tree roots to venture out into the surrounding native soil.
  • Water the tree until soil is saturated and tap soil firmly. This eliminates air pockets.
  • After you water, be sure to drench with a root stimulator.
  • Cover the top of the soil with 1″ of compost and follow with an inch of hardwood mulch. Keep mulch away from the trunk of the plant.

Be sure to check your irrigation system and modify the times according to your landscape needs. Set your controller in accordance with rainfall and temperatures. It is always a good idea to install freeze and rain sensors if controllers do not have them. Consider your plants, turf, trees, slopes, wind, and shade and soil components when making this determination. One to three times per week will suffice. Alter your section times according to the external factors.

Careful planning will make your landscaping experiences ever more enjoyable. If you need assistance please feel free to call the professionals and let us plan your fall landscaping.

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