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Nobody can predict the weather with 100% certainty but given the unusual weather we have had this summer, we might just have an early fall. Our horticulturalists have been guessing when we might see the first frost of the year, and someone predicted it to be October 4th. She says it's based on the sounds of crickets and when we will have a full moon. We'll see...
What does that mean for the average gardener? Well, fall color is based two things: length of day and temperature. We could see the trees turn color earlier than usual, and even see some green leaves drop if we have a hard early frost. Here are some things to keep in mind as the cooler temperatures move in.
• Update your garden containers with fall plants – mums, grasses, pumpkins, etc. Mums are in full bloom and will last six weeks as will ornamental grasses and flowering kale.
• There are still some insects hanging around, but the annual fall grub population is sparse and will not cause much harm to lawns. You can still treat grub problems with Bonide Grub Beater Granules, available at Hoerr Nursery.
• Aerating your lawn is one of the best things you can do for it! Aerate in the fall to loosen soil, promote root development, and control thatch. If you’re interested in aeration, we can help! Contact Todd in Lawn Maintenance: (309) 691-4561
• The weather is perfect for starting some fall yard work. Remember to get those weeds out before they seed, and cut back fading foliage from peony, iris, daylilies, etc.
• PLANT!!! There’s no need to stop planting when summer ends! You can safely plant trees, shrubs, and perennials until the ground is frozen. Stop out today - we're here to help!
Enjoy these early days of fall!