When summer nears its end when the days get shorter, and the nights grow longer many gardeners and home landscapers tend to put their green-thumb away until the following spring. However, this is a good time to take a look at autumn tree planting ideas and outside fall landscaping and gardening plans. Early selection of trees and bushes, as well as starting perennial gardening in the Fall, can be both fun and rewarding. Tree planting and landscaping are two investments that can significantly increase a home's property value; however, many people don't know where to start. From selecting trees that grow best in Rapid City to picking out plants that grow in sun or shade, there are many things to consider.
Many home landscapers look for something different to accent the pine and spruce that grow wild in the Hills. A popular landscaping tree found in the Black Hills is the evergreen, and there is a large variety of evergreens that grow well in Rapid City and the Black Hills area; several of which are native. Evergreens introduce a softer appeal to the Ponderosa that covers the area. Spring Snow or Prairie Fire Crabapple trees are common ornamental options to consider for yard enhancements. These are a popular selection because they produce beautiful Crabapple flowers in the spring and won't layer your yard with rotten fruit throughout the season.
Fall is a great time for starting perennial gardening and planting shrubs and evergreens. Planting is best completed before late October, depending on the weather. With the added benefit of a well established root system by springtime, the typical planting season will bring on a beautiful flush of new growth.
Best Transplanted in the Fall:
Perennials w/ Color for Outside Fall Landscaping:
Sweet Autumn Clematis
Starting Perennial Gardening & Landscaping in Autumn
South Dakota has a temperamental climate, so it is important to let the roots become established before the inevitable freeze takes place. The best time to plant perennials for outdoor Fall landscaping is in September, and there are a few guidelines to follow if you plan on starting perennial gardening during the autumn months:
Be sure to purchase good, strong plants.
At planting time, add mulch to hold in soil and warmth. An inch to 1 1/2 inches will do this just fine. As winter approaches and the ground freezes, add an additional 2-3 inches to insure plants are protected during the winter months.
It is important to encourage root growth during this time. Cut back top growth so roots can develop and grow.
Do not fertilize. Young shoots and leaves tend to develop after fertilization and will become vulnerable to cold damage.
Don't plant late bloomers. It is best to plant these during the springtime. The end of summer doesn't have to indicate an end to gardening and landscaping. Jolly Lane Greenhouse is here to guide you on your "off-season" journey to find the perfect plan for next season.
While it’s important to take care of your flowers and garden, it’s vital to check on your trees as well. Many ash trees in North America have been affected by emerald ash borer (EAB), which is an exotic insect from Asia that attacks ash trees. There’s no known cases of EAB being in western South Dakota but it has been found in Sioux Falls. Jolly Lane Greenhouse encourages everyone to be aware of EAB and keep your eye on your ash trees. There are ways to treat and prevent emerald ash borer if or when it makes its way to this side of the state.
As most of your gardens are already planted, it is important to remember you need to maintain them throughout the summer. Maintaining your garden can help it grow and stay beautiful all summer long. Here are some tips from Jolly Lane Greenhouse to keep your garden healthy and growing.
Living in the Black Hills during the summertime brings the chance of the infamous summer hail storms. The hail, big or small, can cause damage to vehicles, gardens, and much more. The damage from hail can get costly, so hail protection is definitely important. How do you protect the beautiful garden that you have put so much work into?
Spring has officially sprung at Jolly Lane Greenhouse. The warmer weather and increase in sunshine means that it is time to start thinking about spring planting. This is the ideal time of the year for landscaping prep and planning which flowers or plants you want for your garden this year.
With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what plants to put in your flower gardens this year. At Jolly Lane Greenhouse, we understand that it can be a process picking out the plants and figuring out where they should go. There are many factors that go into planting outdoor flowers. Here are just a few tips to help you figure out the plants you should be planting this spring to best meet your gardening needs in the long run.
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