San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
As summer comes to a close there is no reason to bid adieu to beautiful garden colors. A late season garden is attractive and will continue to thrive producing
The best time to prepare a garden for the fall is before the first frost. “The general rule of thumb is, if a plant is flowering, leave it alone. If it has fallen over or it has dried up, it is communicating that it needs some attention,” explains Fanny Obadia, owner of Green Thumbs Up. Fanny will provide tips for getting a garden ready for autumn without sacrificing its beautiful appeal.
“An evaluation of the yard is a good place to start. Walk through the garden or yard and take notes, citing what worked and what didn’t,” said Fanny. Where are the sun and shade areas? Were weeds an issue and where? Homeowner’s should educate themselves on their plant names and growth patterns in an effort to understand the best way to care for them.
Conduct a soil check. “Water a small section, wait a day and squeeze some soil in your hand. If the soil crumbles or stays packed as clay, you will need to add some amendments to improve the soil. Some of my favorite amendments are homemade compost, but if you don’t have a supply, purchase your amendments from a reputable organic garden supply store,” said Fanny.
Keeping soil healthy can go overlooked. “Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!” said Fanny. She recommends putting mulch on top of soil at least 3 inches deep. “This preserves water and protects the roots from harsh elements,” said Fanny.
For fall plant care and maintenance homeowners should protect tender plants. “People often neglect to protect their tender plants when there are seasonal weather changes,” said Fanny. Covering plants with burlap or bringing plants inside can save them. Tender plants include tropical, some perennial bulbs, and succulents among others. “Consider dividing and transplanting existing perennials so you can have more blooms in the spring,” said Fanny.
When it comes to planting for fall, Fanny’s gives some recommendations for a beautiful fall garden.
Flowers: Heucheras-This family of plants produces a variety of colors, “lime rickey” is bright chartreuse. Heliotropes are deep purple flowers that emit a vanilla fragrance.
Shrubs: Pieris japonica- They produce clusters of flowers and leaves with stunning colors. Viburnums are at their peak in fall and drought tolerant during the summer.
“Always check with your local nursery professional to advise you as to what will grow in a specific zone,” said Fanny. Green Thumbs Up is available to provide a garden make-over and refresh any garden in order to having a thriving, beautiful garden in the fall.
For more information about this special company that provides personalized service, call (650) 575-3726, or please visit their website http://www.paloaltogardens.com.
About Green Thumbs Up
Based in Palo Alto California, Green Thumbs Up Inc. is a licensed landscape contractor that designs, installs, and maintains beautiful and environmentally friendly garden spaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. Owner and CEO Fanny Obadia, has experience in many design styles including contemporary, modern, English, Japanese, and specializes in fruit and vegetable gardens and sustainable and low-water gardens. Her artful detail and attention to sustainable landscaping and garden practices are reflected in her beautiful work. Green Thumbs Up is a member of the California Landscape Contractors Association and Certified Bay Friendly Landscaping.