Fall is for Planting
September has come in warm in northern Vermont, but the forecast shows cooling and fall rains perfect conditions for planting. Most people see Labor day as the official end of summer and the beginning of winter and they push back their landscaping plans till the following spring. Let’s not be too hasty. Fall is perhaps the best time to establish a new lawn or landscape. Typical Vermont fall days include cooling temperatures, consistent rainfall, and heavy morning dew. These ideal conditions allow new plants and grass easy establishment before winter’s cold and spring cool temperatures help complete establishment before the onslaught of the following summer’s heat and drought stress. What are good fall planting tasks? Let’s divide this into three major planting types–landscaping trees, shrubs, and perennials, lawns and turf, and fall and spring seasonal color. Landscaping trees, shrubs, and perennials: There are many trees, shrubs, and perennials that provide awesome fall interest either through late season flowers, gentle waving seed heads, or brilliant fall foliage colors. Perhaps your landscape is in need of some late season pizzazz. and now is the time when we can see what is missing and see exactly how we can improve the late season color. Nurseries also have an opportunity to dig field grown materials again in the fall when the weather cools. That flowering tree you had your eye on in the spring, intended to plant in the summer but it was sold out will become an option again–don’t miss a tremendous spring flowering display for another season. There is still also ample time in the fall for planting the landscape of your dreams–start the 2015 season off enjoying your new landscape not on a waiting list by preemptively installing your landscape in the fall of 2014. Lawns and turf: Fall is the best season to for planting a new lawn or rejuvenating an existing lawn. If your existing turf is tired from the summer heat and drought but still has over 70% density we suggest a fall aeration and overseeding as well as a fertilization application. If your lawn has poor density and tons of weeds we can thoroughly renovate and install sod. You can see a new lawn we installed last October here. When spring comes you are out playing kickball with your kids on dense, well established turf. We use the highest quality sod direct from Green Thumb Farms, and we have specialty equipment for renovating lawns and creating an ideal root-zone for fantastic lawn quality. Seasonal Color: Fall offers many colors–reds, oranges, and yellows and we at S & D can enhance these warm tones with a planting of fall mums–bright colors to enjoy during the cooler autumn days before the onslaught of winter. Mums are available as mass plantings in landscape beds or as a switch over in container plantings. Beyond mums there are many other fall annuals that can be mixed and matched to create a vibrant celebration of these autumnal days. In anticipation of spring 2015 there is a window for planting bulbs–tulips, daffodils, gladiolas, hyacinths in the later fall and we can provide this service as well. Fall brings a ton of opportunity for planting and enhancement both to add color now and in the future. We would love to setup a meeting with you to discuss how S & D Landscapes can partner with you to bring you the most value from your landscaping investment.