Monday, October 24, 2011

Five Fall Garden Tips from Landscape Design Pros

It’s finally feels like fall here in Kennett Square. It was a gorgeous weekend, and as I walked around my yard cleaning up the last of my plants and bringing my houseplants indoors, I remembered what some of our good friends at the Association of landscape Designers suggested to do this fall for a fabulous garden next year.

And since that is what we all want, I wanted to share these tips from the landscape designers:

1. Plan now, bloom later. Judy Nauseef, APLD, to take stock of your garden now to see what worked and what didn’t, where you have holes and what needs to be replaced or moved.

I like to take a photograph from the second floor window to get a bird’s eye view of the yard.

2. Give your containers a fall facelift.
Give your tired containers a fresh look by adding bright fall annuals and colorful foliage in bold fall colors of red, orange, deep purple and gold. Peter Cilio at Campania fills birdbaths with apples and gourds for a festive look.
3. Plant in the fall.

Fall is an excellent time for planting and giving plants a jump start on spring. Plus the weather and soil conditions are better in the fall, as opposed to spring when it tends to be cold, muddy and wet. This new Solidago 'Golden Cascades' from American Beauties Native Plants is an excellent fall bloomer that the bees just love.

4. Deer proof your garden
Deer used to be so cute, until they started eating the fruits of my labor. Winter months are some of the deadliest times for deer destruction in the garden. I’m checking out some new high tech deer repellent “machines” from Havahart. One sprays water and the other gives them a static electricity shock on the nose to train them to go to your neighbors for dinner. Watch this very funny video for more information.

5. Winterize your accessories
I love my Campania containers and they have withstood some harsh winters here in Pennsylvania. I just raise my cast stone planters and statuary up on blocks of wood to let them drain and keep them from absorbing any moisture from the ground that tends to freeze and thaw. Terra cotta planters, which can absorb moisture and are subject to winter freeze-thaw cycles, should be stored indoors for winter.

For more fall garden tips, click here. Remember, fall is for more than watching football games and raking leaves. It’s the best time to protect your investment to ensure a glorious spring garden.


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