When summer’s plant-stressing heat is over and cooler weather sets in, it’s a great time to install trees and shrubs so that they can get established at least 6-8 weeks before winter’s icy chill. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help your new plants get started successfully.
One of the most important concerns about planting your trees and shrubs is the location. Understand the plant’s mature size as well as its water and sun needs. Don’t install a plant too close to existing plants or structures or where spreading roots might interfere with your sewer system.
2. Fertilization and Pruning
When planting trees and shrubs in the fall, do not fertilize the soil or prune the plant. Both of these actions encourage new growth rather than allow the plant to focus on establishing its root system. You can add a rooting hormone if you so choose.
Adding mulch around the planting hole helps to insulate the tree and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. However, do not create a volcano mound around the trunk or stems because that prevents oxygen from circulating properly around the plants’ base.
Take special note of how to properly water your tree or shrub. Overwatering can be just as fatal as underwatering.
Quiet Village Landscaping would be happy to answer your questions about fall planting. Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you would like for us to install trees or shrubs on your property this fall.
Rebecca, our landscape designer, responds to some commonly asked questions about landscaping.
Q. What’s trending right now in the landscaping world?
A. We’re seeing a lot of great trends right now:
Q. What is easy to overlook when designing or maintaining your outdoor living space?
A. Most often we see people not being conscious of the plant’s mature size. For example, people tend to plant their plants too close together or the house and then once the plants have reached their full size, the home owner has to go back and consistently maintain them.
A few other things people tend to forget is how important soil preparation is, how the natural habitat has an effect on their landscape (especially those living close to the woods), and how your water runoff can affect your neighbors’ water runoff and drainage.
Especially in the heat of the summer, it’s important to remember that even well-established plants (large trees and shrubs) can benefit from being watered a couple times a week. The stress of the summer heat can lead to issues in the future. Also, using proper pruning technics is critical since a poorly pruned tree or shrub is more susceptible to disease and pest problems. Lastly, people must understand that even a low maintenance garden needs some tending to a couple time of the years.
Q. How can I really make my landscape “pop”?
A. Adding a fireplace, fire pit, pizza oven or outdoor kitchen to a patio gives you a lot more options with your space. Pergolas are great for climbing plants and adds a vertical dimension to your landscape. The right outdoor lighting can turn your home and garden into an entirely new setting at night, and water features add a great natural touch to your garden.
Let us know how we can help design or maintain your outdoor paradise!
What you can do NOW to support the Monarch Butterflies
1. Plant a butterfly garden containing milkweed and other nectar sources. Milkweed contains a toxin which the young caterpillars consume to keep away predators–they depend on milkweed to survive.
2. Encourage public land managers to transform common ground and open spaces of turf into butterfly habitats containing native plants.
3. Tell your friends and family about the importance of adding milkweed to their gardens.
Tips on Starting Your Butterfly Garden
If you would like to develop a monarch-friendly design for your yard, contact Karen to set up a design consultation. Whether you want the design professionally implemented or you enjoy the DIY experience, Karen provides outstanding and sustainable designs, tips and resources. Contact Karen directly via phone at 314-954-6140 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.
Watch our expert team install a patio via this time lapse video. Our professional installation is highly customizable so that you get exactly the look and style that suits you best. Here, we demonstrate two different patterns of paver alignment: diagonal and horizontal.
Permeable paver patios are environmentally friendly. Rainwater can trickle through the pavers and soak into the ground instead of contributing to stormwater runoff. Learn more about the benefits of permeable pavers.
It’s easy to go to your local home improvement store, find the materials to enhance your yard, and make a snap decision to get started on your next project. However, planning out your project with an expert landscape designer can save you a lot of cost, energy, and headache.