Nothing says fall gardening like winter hardy pansies and violas. These blooming annuals give us three-season color in the landscape like no other color option we have. From early fall, through the winter months and until they are replaced with our summer bloomers after the last frost, we are able to enjoy the vibrant colors planted now.
Acorns falling from the canopy of oak trees overhead, sweetgum seed balls starting to fall and pumpkin spice lattes on the menu at coffee shops are all signs of the changing season. Highs in the mid 80’s and lows approaching the 50’s are especially welcome now. Fall gardening time is here.
As gardeners, we tend to deal with pests that attack our beloved plants. Most of the time we think of pests as insects that feed on our plants. However, pests can be more than that. A pest is any animal or plant that has a harmful effect on humans, their food or their living conditions.
Hopefully we’ll be receiving some much needed moisture soon. I’ve seen and had questions about leaves already falling on mature trees. My sweetgum in the backyard is starting to drop a few leaves, not like it will in a couple of months, but more like it’s tired and shedding a few leaves to conserve what moisture it has available. That’s what makes fall so good for our plants.