It’s fall in Georgia, so what’s a landscaper (professional or otherwise) to do? Plenty! Even though the temperatures are getting cooler, flowers are still in bloom and would love to be planted for our enjoyment. But how does one choose what is the right flower or plant to put in the ground for this time of year? Do you feel like you don’t know what to do first? Many people do, but planting is not as hard as it looks. In fact, landscaping in Georgia can be fun. Here are a few tips to tackle first:
• Homework time – go to your local nursery and talk with one of their experts;
• Read gardening blogs and magazines for details and descriptions of great seasonal flowers and plants;
• Check out your neighbors’ yards and take pictures of what appeals to you;
• Check out your front and back yards for the amount of shade your plants will receive; and
• Get ready to have fun!
In Georgia, September and October are prime fall planting months because the soil temperature is optimal for plant growth. Pansies and mums are great examples of “punches of color” that will give instant curb or backyard appeal during these months. Also, think about planting some bulbs that will surprise you in spring. Daffodils and tulips will sleep during the fall and winter and then come to life in the springtime.
Bottom line, landscaping doesn’t have to be elaborate. There are tons of resources at your fingertips. With just a little planning, some advice from the experts, a trip or two to the nursery, and some dirt under your fingernails, your curbs, front yards and back yards can be special places to “stop and smell the roses” (or whatever plant you may choose). Ready, set, plant!