Gardeners rejoice! Fall’s milder temps mean it's time to do some landscape damage control and turn your attention to more promising projects.
Whew! You survived another scorching, parched summer. Now, it's time to do some landscape damage control and turn your attention to more promising projects, like planting trees and pruning for your plants' future health.
Here’s a few ideas from topics we’ve written about in the past to help you plan and execute a flawless fall renewal.
- Pumpkin patches are cool. Brown patches, not so much. Fall weather brings longer, cooler nights. That means it’s critical to adjust your watering lest your lawn face fungal disease.
- Make the most of mulch. It reduces soil moisture evaporation, inhibits weed germination and so much more!
- Pick a peck of pretty perennials to plant! They’ll have plenty of time to thrive and flourish before the scorch sets in next summer.
- Try Texas natives that are also herbs! They’re easy to grow, drought tolerant and tasty, too! Herbs aren’t just for cooking, they also have medicinal, cosmetic and craft purposes.
- From drought to downpour, now’s the time to triage your landscape. Then, prepare for short-term and long-term recoveries.
- Fall signals the end to daylight saving time, which is also a good time to turn back the clock on your irrigation system controller. This simple task can cut your water use and save you money.
- Plan to prune. The brutally hot and dry summer likely took a toll on your landscape, making pruning necessary earlier in the season.
- Trees are happiest when planted in fall. Plus, nothing says renewal like a newly planted tree.
- It’s time to cover up the bald spots — of your lawn, that is.
- Lastly, forget the rake. Instead mow like it’s going out of style. Those fallen leaves make nutrition-rich chow for your lawn and trees.
Remember to visit GardenStyleSA.com for weekly watering advice and landscaping tips to reduce outdoor water use while still keeping your yard thriving.