Now is the time to consider sprucing up your exterior landscaping. Fall is a good time to do some judicious pruning to trees and shrubs. Trees especially prefer large scale trimming when the weather is cooler. It is also a good time to start cleaning up debris that is left over from perennials dying back and to pull annual flowers past their prime. It is important to remove this litter as insects and other critters use this as cover and can cause problems in the future. Check the depth of your mulch now too. If you don’t have at least one inch of nice mulch, this is a good time to add where needed to help plants overwinter better, especially perennial root balls. Too much for you to tackle at this time, consider calling us. Free, friendly estimates are our specialty!
Fall is a wonderful time to plant two great, but very different kinds of mainstay garden plants. First are fall mums. There are so many different types of fall mums, or chrysanthemums. A veritable rainbow of colors from deep golds and tans to whites, reds, and purples can change your mood in a minute after a long hot summer of dried up wave petunias or begonias. I love pulling overgrown or dried out annual flowers and throwing in a splash of color with mums, especially at entry ways, in elevated containers, or lined up in beds.
Second, fall is the time to plant spring bulbs. My favorites are Narcissis, or daffodils and Tulipa, or tulips. The original daffodil is a bright or golden color and has a trumpet-like corona in the center with petals all around it. Often the trumpet is a contrasting color, and with the advent of hybrids the daffodils themselves can now range in color from white, yellow and orange to pinks and light greens. A hardy perennial bulb that blooms in spring, daffodils are very adaptable, but prefer a rich, well drained soil in partial to full sun. Although the bulbs are bitter, they are poisonous and should not be left out around children or pets. Tulips are also a showy bulb that has a variety of colors and sizes of flowers. In both cases, refer to the instructions provided at your local garden store for planting directions and depths, or call us!