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“Happy Fall Ya’ll!” from Zone 7 Landscape Center

Fall is my favorite time of the year! The weather is getting cooler, football and festivals, harvest time and garden prep are all taking place. Fall is such a great time to do some much needed preventative maintenance in your garden and the weather has finally cooled off enough to tolerate it!
You’ll want to be on the lookout for any dead or diseased plant material from insects or diseases that they may have contracted through the stressful summer. Treat or remove infected plants as soon as you see them. This will help prevent any diseases or insects from overwintering in your garden.
Replace any old, worn out, or dead plants with something new! The fall season is the best time of the year to add new shrubs or trees to your yard because the cooler temperatures allow the plants to get established with less stress and water needs.
Also, don’t forget to plant your spring bulbs now! Tulips, Daffodils and Crocus, for example, need a specific number of chilling hours through the winter before they’re ready to produce beautiful spring blooms. If you planted any cold sensitive summer bulbs this year like Caladiums or Elephant Ears, you’ll want to dig them up and store them in a cool dry place over the winter, like in your garage. Most of the time, other warm weather bulbs like Gladiolus and Canna Lilies will overwinter in the ground fine without having to be dug up.
October is Mum month! When looking to purchase Mums, be sure to look for healthy plants with the majority of their blooms still in bud and unopened. I would only recommend buying fully bloomed out Mums if you’re having an event and need that big pop of color immediately. Otherwise, the bloom won’t last very long.
Like I said before, fall is harvest time too. Be sure to cut herbs from your garden. There are so many ways to use them through the winter! You can dry them, chop them, and mix them together in order to make your own seasonings or make a mixture of herbs and oil stored in the fridge for cooking. You can also use lots of different kinds of perennial flowers, such as Coneflowers and Black-Eyed Susan, as dried fall flower centerpieces or wreaths.
Megan Corbett
Landscape Designer
Zone 7 Nursery & Landscapes
410 Sheep Farm Road
Seneca, SC 29672
864-882-7771
www.zone7nursery.com