Autumn Arrives

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It’s that time of year again…it seems like summer might finally be done. In North State gardens, it often seems like several seasons need to be addressed simultaneously. Right now, your summer color may still be looking good, but it’s really time to get on to the fall and winter varieties. They will be so much happier if their roots start out in warmer ground, and you will get better, longer lasting blooms through their season. As always, we will have cyclamen, pansies, and primroses to add some color to your yards over winter.

Summer vegetable gardens should be cleaned up and composted, and be sure to watch for snails- applying bait if necessary. Prepare your planting beds for spring – add compost, dig in leaves or plant a cover crop. Spring vegetable seeds for snow peas, spinach, chard, lettuce, radishes, peas and carrots should be planted now. Onion sets or seed can also be planted.

All tubers should be dug up, cleaned, and stored in a cool, dry place. The end of the month will be a good time to plant daffodils (over a 2-3 week period) for a longer spring bloom.

Roses should be dead-headed to prepare for their dormant period. Pruning will be done over the winter.

It’s also a good time to fertilize your acid-loving plants. The camellias are going to come on soon, so they need a little boost. The azaleas and the gardenias will thank you too!

Lawn seeding and fertilizing is well under way, please be mindful of your irrigation times so we can give your lawn a chance to germinate. Hopefully the rain will come soon, and we can dial the water back on your clocks.

Dormant pruning and yard tune ups will begin soon (more about that next month). If you have any special requests this year, please be sure to contact our office and let us know.

Enjoy this beautiful time of year!