Summer is coming to a close and it’s time to get outside for some seasonal tasks. Fall is a great opportunity to get back into our yards to tidy up spent blooms and prepare for freezing temperatures. It is the ideal time of year to install new trees and shrubs because it allows the maximum acclimation period for plant roots to be well-established before the hot temperatures return next summer. Fall also signals a change in nature’s color palette including inspiration for what we can plant for seasonal impact.
One of the most interesting choices for Fall cleanup is dependent on your preference for tidy versus texture. Ornamental grasses and some perennial plants are transitioning to a winter state of slumber. Above ground stems dry out and turn from vibrant greens to shades of brown. Those stems that remain upright can continue offer texture, shape and movement in our landscapes until needing to be cut back in early February in anticipation of new growth. For those who find that extended appearance messy, it is also permissible to trim back the dried stalks during Fall. Either way, you’ll have new interest in your landscape.
Your Fall garden checklist includes many tasks that will pay off next Spring. Here are some things to consider doing during the next few months:
Plant Parent blog
Welcome to the Plant Parent blog. This is a place where green parenting skills are sharpened for the benefit of young plants that just want to be cared for and thrive. Our posts will be relative to the season with tips for healthy growth and responsible parenthood reminders.
My name is Carol Arment. My lineage includes a long line of farmers who relied, nurtured and respected the earth for what it could produce. My father was a strategic planner, my mother a teacher, both instilling valuable skills which shaped my abilities. I am a creative thinker, crafter and love to dig in the dirt. I spent many years traveling the country as a corporate executive serving people and their communities. Now I’m returning to my roots to design and install exterior containers for suburban and urban spaces.