Gainesville Landscape Flower of the Month: Fall Mums

Instant impact! That's what you'll get when you put a generous helping of chrysanthemums (commonly just called "mums") in your entryway, flower border, or containers. Generally sold in ready-to-bloom form, mums add a fall finale of color to any setting. They come in a wide variety of flower colors and shapes, from small button-sized blooms to giant corsage-worthy flowers. Mum colors include white, yellow, pink, orange, red, burgundy, cream, salmon, and bi-color - which are all also great fall colors to go with Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations. There are also dwarf forms that grow just 8 to 10 inches tall and standards that can reach a couple feet in height. Mums are very popular with bees and butterflies, too. 

They're only downside? They aren't this colorful year-round. As beautiful as they are for fall, they typically don't last through winter without special care and maintenance. A cold winter will freeze them down completely, but it...

Time to Plan Your Fall Gainesville Landscaping Task List!

The time has finally come to begin planning your fall Gainesville landscaping tasks. Schedule the projects, purchase supplies, and plan what your priorities are -although the actual to-do list won't begin just yet. You will be fertilizing your lawn, monitoring lawn pest and weed activity, and dialing in irrigation schedules. You may also choose to add some fall seasonal color or add new shrubs and trees.

Cool Weather Landscape Projects

Cooler weather is here and that means growth in your lawn and landscape will slow down.  As fall weather moves into North Central Florida, your Gainesville landscaping growth will start to slow down. Grass will grow more slowly and hopefully the weeds will too! The cooler weather is a great time to get outside and work on some garden projects that are best tackled at this time of year. These chores will help clean up the landscape and get everything neat and tidy so that you can relax the rest of the fall and winter months.

1. DIVIDE BULB PLANTS
In addition to dividing your ornamental grasses; there are other plants that you may wish to divide. Perennials such as liriope, African iris, flax lily, bulbine, and herbs such as rosemary and tarragon are easy to divide. You may want to cut them back to the ground and then divide the clump into smaller sections using a sharp shovel. By dividing and moving plants you may be able to create new planting areas...