Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Falling into Fall gardening
It’s a week of changes as the kids are back in school, the air has turned a bit crisper and our summer flowers are spent. I’ve got a maple tree that’s already mostly turned – however it IS a stressed tree that I’ll be losing next year, and that adds to the quick change.
My container plantings that looked so wonderful are now kinda wilting, the petunias are pooped and the other annuals needed freshening. Which meant out they go!
I purchased a few more mums (these will then be placed in my nursery bed for next year) I also bought a beautiful celosia and some other varied annuals to update my containers.
On an earlier video I did with my intern, Gracie, I told you about my gorgeous bougainvillea from a nearby nursery and how it looked spent. I had never tried pruning and renovating this beautiful plant, but I gave it a whirl
The part about the bougainvillea starts at about 1:01….
As mentioned earlier, now is a good time to plant trees and shrubs and not just because they’re on sale! The soil is still warm but the air is cooler making it easier for those larger plants to take transplanting.
This hydrangea will grow to 3 1/2 ft with a width of 3 ft.
Now is also a good time to journal. Think about the things that worked, the things that didn’t, what diseases you’ve seen, like me, my tomatoes got septoria leaf spot. It’s unfortunately a common malady, especially with all the damp weather we’ve had.
I happily noticed fewer Japanese Beetles, at least in my yard, but I did take action last Fall. But still, I had some. They LOVE roses…
This is a good time to put down grub control. If you’re going to use this method, don’t wait…