The fall growing season is upon us! Yay for new growth! We are finally starting to come out of the hot summer weather and into cooler fall weather. Fall is the time when our trees and plants can effectively establish themselves into their environment before winter hits. With the changing of the season, there are a few things we need to remember so that our landscapes and gardens can thrive. Here’s what our nursery pros say:
Watering: With the cooler nights and days arriving, it’s important to change our watering routine. For fall, we need to water less often than we do during the hot summer. Typically, once our daytime temperatures reach 85-100 degrees, we move away from our summer watering schedule and move into the fall schedule. There are some major factors that play into how much you need to water; those factors are the type of tree or plant, and the planting location. Check out our watering guide to see what we recommend. If you would like more help, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our nursery pros at your nearest Moon Valley Nursery location. We need to cut back on the frequency of watering, not the actual amount used when watering.
Fertilizing: It’s time to fertilize! Fertilizing helps your trees, palms, and other plants grow to their full potential. This is the perfect time for additional help with the growing process; fertilizers will allow trees and plants to intake more nutrients and water along with making nutrients more readily available. Moon Valley Nurseries has a line of custom developed fertilizers that can be used on a variety of landscape materials – turf, grass, palms, shade trees, hedges, and so much more. Click here to see our fertilizers.
Tree Care: Make way for new growth! Trim off the dead or damaged branches so that new growth has room to bloom. Fall is the time to use proper tree care to ensure that your trees and plants are ready for the new growth. Don’t forget to mulch! Add mulch to any area that receives direct sunlight around a tree or plant; this will help keep the soil cool and moist.
What to Plant
Crape Myrtle – This tree delivers color! Blooming large clusters of flowers throughout all seasons, the Crape Myrtle will deliver year-round interest of exciting color. We custom grow our Crape Myrtles to be mildew resistant, making them the strongest Crape Myrtles you can find. With low maintenance needs, low water use, and the variety of colors of flowers, it is easy to see why the Crape Myrtle is one of the most popular flowering trees. This drought tolerant tree grows in a vase shape, with vibrant flowers popping against shiny, bright green leaves.
Tipu – This fast-growing shade tree is the solution for adding shade and beauty to any yard. Its large canopy is created with feathery, bright bluish-green foliage. The Tipu tree features a fissured bark texture and, in the spring, lovely golden blooms appear. These shade trees are water-wise, drought tolerant, and grows well in many soil conditions. Tipus require little maintenance and fit in with any style of landscape.
Cedar Elm – A native Texas tree, the Cedar Elm is an upright or vase-shaped tree with shiny, dark green leaves and a spreading canopy that casts wonderful shade. Other known names are Texas Elm and Fall Elm. Cedar Elms are deciduous, meaning they drop their golden colored leaves in the fall to let in the warming winter sun. They can survive in difficult soil types with little care, great for all home-owners. These are very hardy trees and are drought tolerant, once established.
Carolina Cherry – The Carolina Cherry has become a popular choice due to its minimal maintenance, natural upright conical shape, and ability to tolerate heat, drought, and wind. This is a small to medium-sized evergreen with dark green, lustrous wavy-edged foliage. Carolina Cherry trees make great privacy hedges as they can be sheared into a tall screen or kept in their conical shape. Plant them in rows to create a lush living wall that also provides shade.
Date Palm – This is the resort style palm that will bring a regal and calming feeling to any landscape. They're extremely cold hardy, heat tolerant, and drought tolerant. They also provide a cool umbrella of shade with their wide fronds. For a formal look, plant same height palms in a row. Or vary height and plant in clusters for a more natural look. Date palms are great for around pools since they have practically no litter, and they create a personal pool oasis.
Pygmy Date Palm – Its versatility and dwarf growth pattern allow the Pygmy Date palm to be planted in tight spaces. Pygmy Date palms can be grown in shade, are slow growing, and the roots are non-invasive. This allows them to be a fantastic option for planting under larger palms, in between palms, in a pot, or in clusters. This stunning palm features multiple trunks of varying height or a single trunk. Moon Valley Nurseries custom grows our Pygmy Date Palms, at our local farms, to ensure that the palms develop thicker trunks and fuller crowns; giving you the greatest quality palm.