Fall

Winter Mulching

We advocate mulching around the base of your plants all year round but it’s even more important in the winter. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, reducing the impact of temperature swings on plant roots. These swings are year round considerations. In spring, summer and fall, however, temperature swings aren’t as significant as they are in winter. […]

Fall Clean-Up

Spring clean-up is a traditional transition from winter into spring but we seldom think about fall clean-up. We do the tasks that need to be done but don’t label them. Perhaps that’s because, in spring, we’re anxious to get outdoors and begin doing things in the yard but we aren’t anxious for what follows fall. […]

What Frost Means For Your Landscape

Meteorologists are talking about frost. That means winter can’t be far off. But what is frost and what does it mean for your landscape? Frost is ice crystals that form when the temperature dips down near freezing. When it’s warmer, we call this moisture dew. The official frost temperature is 36°F. When the temperature reaches […]

Let Your Lawn Mower Do Your Raking

Raking or blowing fallen leaves each autumn is a tough, tiring job. That’s why I’ve always recommended waiting until all the leaves have fallen before putting the effort into clearing them. Otherwise, you’ll have to do it more than once. This year, I’m suggesting that you let your lawn mower do the work. Most mowers […]

Solving The Mystery Of Autumn

The curtain is rising on an annual show – one that’s particularly brilliant in our part of the world. It’s deciduous trees’ annual show of color. Mother Nature gets the credit for producing this show, but did you ever wonder what really makes it happen? The answer is quite simple yet quite complex. A combination […]

Fall Is For Planting

For some reason, it’s not common knowledge yet. Fall IS for planting. That’s why I remind you of it every year about this time. As the seasons change, days remain warm while the nighttime temperatures dip. Although we don’t have to worry about sufficient moisture this year, in most years we wait for the rain to […]

Do You Need To Fertilize This Fall?

The simple answer is yes if you had to fertilize last fall and/or this spring. If you don’t have to fertilize on a regular basis, you probably won’t have to this fall, either. The job of fertilizing is, arguably, one of the most misunderstood aspects of horticulture, and it isn’t helped by those who refer […]