Now that fall has officially arrived, it is time to start getting your Colorado garden ready for winter’s swift approach. Because Northern Colorado’s winter weather is rarely predictable, gardening in our area presents unusual challenges. The fluctuation between cold and warm temperatures, dry wind, and snow can wreak havoc on even the toughest plants. By following these few simple guidelines, your garden will come back again once the warm rays of spring sun start to shine.
With fall in the air, you might find yourself becoming nostalgic for the color of your summer garden. A great way to extend the beauty of your garden well into fall is to plant chrysanthemums, or “Garden Mums,” with their tightly packed, colorful blooms. The flowers last for weeks, not days, and the sheer number of blooms per plant will convince anyone that this flower is a real autumn star!
Fall planting and maintenance are key elements in a thriving landscape. Trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs planted in fall will give a glorious display of color beginning the next spring. Lawns maintained through the fall will be lush and green late into winter and reappear early in spring. And fall-blooming plants such as mums, pansies and flowering cabbage, are an easy way to add dynamic color in celebration of the changing seasons.
Kokedama, or moss balls, are beautiful living planters you can enjoy for years! Using very basic materials you can create your own indoor garden. Display balls in saucers or hang them to make a “string garden.”
Did you know the greenest, healthiest lawns are achieved with the work done in the fall? Follow a few simple steps now and even the saddest of lawns will be looking tip top next summer. Your lawn will benefit from fall care and you can dream all winter of summer’s lush landscape!