SEASONAL COLOR TIP
October is the month to change your Seasonal Color. Though the impatiens, begonias, pentas and other summer annuals still look great, they will not make it past the first frost. Now is the time to make the switch. This is a great time to redesign those annual beds if you want a new look, or maybe add some new ones around the garden to create some colorful pockets for the winter and next spring. If we can help you please let us know at email@example.com. But if you are a weekend warrior, here are a few tips:
Preparation-Remove last seasons’ annuals and shake the excess soil back into the bed; this provides excellent free nutrients. Then till the bed to loosen the soil and to provide air to the new plantings. Top dress the bed with 1/2 inch of cow manure and a 50/50 mixture of a balanced fertilizer (i.e. 10-10-10) and a slow release fertilizer (i.e. Osmocote). DO NOT TILL THIS INTO THE BED. You will want all of the nutrients near the surface where the new annuals will be planted, not 8-10 inches below. For ease in mulching, place your mulch down first and plant in it versus having to carefully place the mulch around the tender new flowers.
Plant-This is the easiest part of the process. If you prepared the bed correctly, planting the annuals is a breeze. Simply take a hand trowel, slightly lossen the soil and pop the flower in. DONE! Get creative with colors and design. Look at smaller beds like a flower basket. Mix it up a bit.
What to plant: Pansies, Snapdragons, Kale, Violas, Mums & Ornamental Grasses
Maintenance-If you have prepared the bed correctly, this should also be easy after the initial watering in has occurred. It is crucial to water daily until the flowers root in. The quick and easy finger test should work for the remainder of the season. Simply stick your finger 3-5 inches into the soil and see if it is moist. Water accordingly. The fertilizer that you prepared the bed with originally should suffice for the season. If not, simply water in some 10-10-10 and watch the flower bed take off again. You may need to “dead-head” your flowers several times throughout the season depending on how aggressive they are. If you follow these simple tips, your flowers will show all the way through to May. ENJOY!!!
It is not too late to tackle your lawn this fall. Fescue turf is a cool season grass, so obviously it took a beating this summer. Please refer to our September Tip for information on ways to help it turn around.
Fall is a great time to redesign other parts of your garden as well. Be creative, look for new and exciting new plants. There are so many opportunities in this climate for texture, color and size. Visit a local garden center or snoop in your neighbors yard. If you are not a do-it-yourselfer, contact a member of our Design Team at firstname.lastname@example.org , we would love to help.