Happy Fall, Ya’ll!
It’s that time of year again, when the St. Louis landscape transforms from lush green to vibrant shades of camel, sandstone, and rust. Around this time of the year is when our landscaping clients begin calling us, to get their City’s specific leaf or lawn debris collection schedule.
Are you feeling that slight chill in the St. Louis air? It’s time to start preparing your plants for the cooler days that are on the way. While fall isn’t exactly the most exciting time of year for gardeners, there are still lots of fun things to be done in your home garden! For example, it’s the best time to plant trees and shrubs, and it’s cool enough to do digging and other strenuous tasks that can be harder to perform in our hot and humid Midwest summers. There’s even time to plant cold-tolerant veggies and flowers!
Listed below are our Quiet Village picks for fall gardening tasks:
Bring in Tender Plants
As soon as nights start to get chilly, it’s time to bring in any houseplants, tropicals, and succulents that have been outdoors for summer. Remove all dead leaves, branches, and inspect the plant for insects. This is also a great time to repot your plants with a fresh potting mix.
Place your houseplants in bright light while keeping the soil lightly moist, and keep your tropical plants in a cool, dark place while keeping them barely moist so that they enter dormancy.
Remove Damaged Branches
While shearing shrubs isn’t recommended, fall is a good time to remove limbs that are diseased, damaged or otherwise detrimental to a plant’s form or overall structure.
Plant Spring Bulbs
Spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils require a cold winter in order to bloom to their full potential, so planting them now in fall will ensure they get all the cold they need. Plant tulips eight inches deep and daffodils nine inches deep.
Make Decorations from the Garden
Pumpkins, gourds, and squashes can easily be grown in your backyard for some seasonal decorations. If the first frost is in the forecast, be sure to make good use of any remaining blooms or foliage by turning them into a locally harvested flower arrangement!
For more fall gardening tips, check out our blog post on Fall Tree and Shrub Planting: Do’s and Don’ts.
In St. Louis, we love the vibrant colors that our trees display in autumn. However, we don’t love the back-breaking work of cleaning up fallen leaves, sticks, or—heaven forbid—stickerballs from those Sweet Gum Trees!
Quiet Village Landscaping is here to meet your lawn’s needs this fall. We offer a competitive rate for leaf removal and fall cleanup services. With specialized equipment such as portable leaf vacuum systems, we remove leaves from garden beds and turf efficiently and effectively, leaving your yard looking good.
We are happy to haul away the leaves to be composted. However, you can avoid the disposal cost by requesting us to put the leaves on the street a week before your scheduled curbside leaf pickup. Please follow the links below to double-check the curbside pickup schedule for your neighborhood. The Curbside Leaf Pickup service is brought to you by city tax revenue, so call your city’s public works office if you are unsure whether or not you have access to this service at this time.
Curbside Leaf Pickup Schedules:
To give your lawn the best care, we recommend scheduling a leaf cleanup three times this fall. Once in early autumn, again before Thanksgiving, and once more before Christmas. This helps your grass breathe easy and gets your yard into shape for company.
Don’t let leaf-clutter prevent you from enjoying the beauty of the changing seasons. Give us a call today to set up a free estimate for your yard!