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As the leaves begin changing colors and falling off the trees at a rapid pace, it can be hard to imagine adding new plants to your yard or garden. However, autumn is actually the best time of year to show off your golden thumb.

Why Autumn?

There are quite a few benefits to planting during this season. Check out our top 4 list below!

1. Warm Soil

The temperature of the soil in your yard is probably not something you think about often (if ever). However, if you are considering planting, it is very important. Why? Because temperature helps regulate seed germination/growth and ensures that available nutrients get to your plants, causing them to sprout successfully.

2. Active Roots

While the Earth’s soil is still warm, roots can actively grow up until the ground starts to freeze for the next season. Getting an early start on planting also means your wildflowers will bloom earlier, and first-season perennials can actually show their flowers. When this happens, the Jones’ will want to start keeping up with you. ;)

Example: If you plant in the month of October, your plants have a substantial 7 to 8 months to grow and dig their roots deep into the ground. On the other hand, waiting until April or May would leave you will only 2 months before that Missouri summer heat hits us all.

3. Increased Moisture

Increased moisture is an amazing benefit to planting during autumn because it means less upkeep for you. The cooler weather eliminates evaporation, requiring less water than if they were planted in the spring. The shorter days also mean that photosynthesis slows down.

4. Get a Jump Start to Spring Growth

We hit on this a little bit already in point two, but spring bulbs like tulips and daffodils actually need to be planted in the fall and require an overwintering time to provide spring blooms.

Other Autumn Advantages

In addition to the scientific reasons you should plant before the autumn season ends, here is a list of other benefits to consider:

-Autumn’s cooler temperatures eliminate that need to take a second shower after a full day of planting in the summer heat.

-Late season is usually bargain time at garden centers that are trying to sell the last of their inventory before winter

-Plants love the fall, too. Their leaves aren’t stressed by the scorching sun like they are in summer, and cooler temps lessen the demand for water from the roots.

Winter will be here before you know it, so get planting!

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Curb Appeal-Fall Update

A few months back, we talked about some general, year-round ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Now, a little over one week after the first official day of fall, we have a seasonal update and the tips are as easy as pie!

1. Rake Your Leaves

See how painless these tips are going to be? Raking the leaves in your yard helps it to look more maintained and helps keep your grass greener, longer, when you remove the leaves and give it some room to breathe.

2. Give Your Front Door a Fresh Coat of Paint

Whether you’re refreshing the current color or picking a bold new one, painting your front door is a quick, easy and (inexpensive) way to add to your curb appeal. Just get it done before it gets too cold outside!

3. Don’t Keep Your Pumpkins Too Long

We know you or your kids worked really hard on those pumpkins, and they were masterpieces, really. Healthy pumpkins can add a lot to your curb appeal and make your front porch feel “homey.” On the other hand, rotten pumpkins are the opposite of appealing. Don’t forget to dispose of your pumpkins in a reasonable amount of time. Experts say Jack-O-Lanterns last 5 to 10 days and healthy uncarved pumpkins can last 8 to 12 weeks.

4. Hide Your Hose

Did you know that just like your summer clothes, you can pack away your hose for the winter? Garden hose pots like this one are specifically designed to keep your hose hidden and clean from dust and dirt. With the weather slowly but surely getting cooler, you won’t be needing to use your garden hose to water your plants and grass as much.

5. Plant the Perfect Fall Flowers to Enjoy Now

As a landscaping company, we are pro any improvement to, well, your landscaping. Mums, Marigolds, Petunias and Hollyhocks are all flowers that you can both plant and enjoy during the fall season. These flowers come in a variety of colors, and better yet, go perfectly with pumpkins.

And just like that, without a lot of work, your yard has the best curb appeal in the neighborhood!
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