It may not seem like it’s time yet, with temperatures in Houston still hitting the 90 degree mark, but it is time to start thinking about the upcoming fall season! We think September is a great time to plan and prepare your yard for a fall refresh. It doesn’t have to be complicated, with a little preparation and some easy maintenance your property can be looking great throughout all seasons!
If you’re thinking about adding a new batch of perennials, shrubs or want to plant a tree or two, fall is the best time to do it. Planting your new plants in the fall gives them time to establish a good root system and get stronger in preparation for colder winter temperatures.
When planting new trees or shrubs, be mindful of any twine, wires, labels or other materials that might hinder the stems or trunks of your new plants. If you have tree stakes or wraps there to help your new tree get established, make sure you talk to an arborist about the right timing and technique of removing these items.
Prepare your flower beds and the areas around your trees for fall by adding a fresh layer of mulch. Mulch can help your plants retain moisture, provide nourishment and insulate tree roots from upcoming cold weather. When mulching, remember not to stack up the mulch against tree trunks or covering the base of your shrubs.
Fall is also a good time to clear out weeds and plant debris from your flower beds and around your tree roots. This type of clean-up may seem like a pain, but in the long run it will help you keep your yard looking beautiful and well-maintained when you’re not out in your garden as often.
Starting a small fall garden in your yard can also be a relaxing and rewarding experience. Whether you want to bring some color to your landscape with fall-colored florals or try your hand at growing some winter veggies, now is the time to start planning.
Here in Houston we are lucky to have mild fall and winter months that do not typically freeze the ground or cover your lawn and garden in snow. Take advantage of our mild weather and get out in your garden and among the trees in your yard this fall!
Arbor Care Houston is here to answer any of your fall tree care or landscaping questions. Give us a call and prepare for fall!