September Garden Tips 2016 #2

Fall is the Best Time for All Landscape Planting Projects

No doubt you’ve read that “fall is the best time for planting.” But why is it a first choice?

Well, most people’s interest in doing a landscape project emerges with a new Spring, and landscapers go crazy trying to meet the demand.

Also, the soil is colder than in fall, so rooting takes longer, and the new plant could experience stress when the weather gets hot. But, Fall-installed plants have warm soil, the

benefit of cooler temperatures, plus the next spring to get fully established in their new home before summer’s inevitable stresses.

And best of all, you get an entire season to enjoy your new plants and landscape feature!

Fall is also the best time to transplant shrubs that would look better, and maybe do better, in a new location. As shrubs grow larger, a planting often needs to have some shrubs relocated to allow more room for the remaining plants so you’ll again have a pleasing setting.

Gardening Notes

seedsThe Miracle of Seed Germination can only happen when the outer hard shell layer of the seeds have been penetrated by water which then triggers germination. Small roots emerge first, and then the grass blades grow. These seedlings are very sensitive, requiring adequate moisture to survive and thrive.


Supplemental watering beyond watering for seed germination may be needed if the fall is dry.

Tree Decline. tree-declinePremature turning of leaf color is a definite signal to have the cause(s) investigated and rectified. Do not put it off. The problem (s) will become more serious (and expensive) as the tree gets older, or even lead to the death of your tree.

Early fall is the easiest time to identify the condition before it gets serious, and the best time to take steps to guard your tree’s health.


Many older lawns are comprised of old grass varieties and it may pay to replace them with the latest grass cultivars which require less care and perform better.

Also Thatch is often an inevitable result of certain grass varieties, prior overuse of chemicals and poor soil conditions.

This situation needs to be addressed because a thatch layer restricts water and nutrient penetration to the root system, resulting in sick turf.

Your Introduction to ‘Jelena’ Witch Hazel Tree

It would be hard to find a more desirable specimen. It’s small, seldom needs pruning (other than sucker growth), and is hardly bothered by insects or diseases.  It’s fifteen-foot height means it can adorn a landscape in many ways: alone with perennials as a focal-point planting; in a foundation planting; grouped together in a larger garden. It truly performs all season long.


Ribbon-Like Fragrant, Copper-Orange Petals Emerge from Dark Centers to Adorn the Tree in Late Winter


Green Leaves Follow the Blossoms for the Season


Then Get Ready for Spectacular Fall Colors

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