Color on the Porch and Fall Maintenance

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I’m discovering how helpful it can be to have a few containers around the house to add some color when there isn’t much else blooming in the landscape. This month, I think I’ll plant a couple of containers with some fall color to brighten things up. If I start them now, then the plants should have lots of color when I bring in the tropical plants for the winter. It won’t be such a shock to see the porch empty of containers this year because I’ll be able to replace the tropical plants with some containers with color.

Along with preparing to add some color to the front porch, I think I’ll also prepare for some severe weather. Not that I’m hoping for severe weather, I just know that September is a very likely month for us to have severe weather on the coast. I’ll prepare by removing as many dead limbs out of trees as I can possibly reach safely. It’s dangerous to try and prune while standing on a ladder even with a spotter. The older I get, the few risks I’m willing to take; advice I hope others will heed.

It’s still a little early to shape up any shrubs or hedges. However, it’s always a good time to remove any dead wood from shrubs in the hedge. By removing the dead wood now, I can avoid running into it with the hedge trimmers later.

Here’s one more transitional thing about September and trees. Well, not really trees, but a disease that affects trees. Armillaria root rot, a fungus, will send up mushrooms this month. If your trees are looking weak, look for honey colored mushrooms around the base of the tree or along the surface roots anytime this month. If you need help identifying this plant pathogen, contact me with pictures and I’ll see if that appears to be the issue.