FALL IS FOR PLANTING: Fall is the best season to plant just about anything. Cooler air temperatures and warm soil encourages vigorous root development. By the time that the next growing season rolls around, the plants you set out in the fall have had a chance to root in and become established.
- LAWN MAINTENANCE: Continue to mow, edge and water as needed. The best time to mow is in the evening when the grass is dry and temperatures have cooled.
- ORNAMENTAL GRASSES: These versatile plants provide four seasons of interest and are often at their best during the fall when their “plumes” appear. They are durable, low maintenance plants and are rarely affected by insects or diseases. Looks aren’t everything. Not only do they add distinction to the landscape, they also add an aspect of motion and sound. The gentle waving motion of the grasses, and the accompanying sounds create a peaceful atmosphere.
- CRAPE MYRTLES: Continue to remove spent flowers and you may be rewarded with repeat blooms before frost.
- COOL SEASON VEGETABLES: Sow seeds or set out bedding plants of broccoli, collards, kale, lettuce, mustard, spinach and turnips.
- ROSES: As summer’s heat decreases, roses begin to perk up. Apply a water soluble fertilizer (20-20-20) to the plants and you should get a last hurrah of blooms before frost.
- GARDEN MUMS: Chrysanthemums should be available in mid September. These colorful fall perennials can be enjoyed in containers or planted in the ground.
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