Hello, again!

Meteorologists are interesting people. The average Joe typically likes to go outside and see what’s going on with the weather when they hear sirens. But meteorologists sometimes travel miles, many miles to check out, or “report” on severe weather. Former KAKE Meteorologist, Tony Labach made the trip down to Louisiana this week to experience the eye of hurricane Ida. Checkout his Facebook page here.

I checked in with KAKE Meteorologist Frank Waugh to get the scoop on why meteorologists get to name their own seasons.

The official start of fall is the Autumnal Equinox, when the sun is over the equator equally day and night. The earth will then gradually tilt, as we approach the Winter Solstice, to a max of 23.5°. So while we are not at the official start of fall on the astronomical calendar, meteorological fall is September, October, and November.

Today, September 1, is the official meteorological first day of fall. So, why do meteorological and astronomical seasons begin and end on different dates? In short, it’s because the astronomical seasons are based on the position of the earth in relation to the sun, whereas the meteorological seasons are based on the annual temperature cycle. I guess it does make sense in those terms. Actually, horticulturists typically concur with our meteorologist friends. We get to the first of September and we are in full fall gardening mode. This week, we have had multiple deliveries of nursery stock containing fall flowering shrubs, perennials, shade and ornamental trees. Our pallets of Gard’n-Wise Premium Fescue Blend grass seed and ferti-lome Winterizer are in the warehouse ready to go.

During our conversation, Frank mentioned that his newly sodded lawn was looking a bit tired. My advice to him was to go ahead and feed the lawn; ferti-lome Winterizer would be an excellent choice. Because his builder may not have used the best soil when doing the final grade, applying Natural Guard HuMic at the same time will add beneficials, as will Milorganite.

Other plantings for the fall horticulture season would be to add some color to your gardens. With our homegrown celosia, fall mums, coneflower (in full bloom) and zinnias in stock, I’m sure we have something you’ll like. We’ve received fresh foliage from Florida as well recently. With everything from tiny to large specimen plants, we have something for any corner of your house to brighten up your indoor space.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center