Across the Nation, climatic shifts occur. Challenging present-day communities to identify strategies that enable a “waste not, and want not” ecological commitment: create sustainable eco systems, a legacy of eco healthy urban suburban communities.
Fall the Optimal Planting Season –
For more than 20 years, the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA) promoted fall as a ‘second season’ for landscape garden sales but due to the ongoing impact of climate shift, presently for most regions, fall is not simply a ‘second season’ landscape garden sales opportunity but the optimal plant installation season. As a result, as an Industry professional, I implemented an eco educational campaign in 2010 urging gardeners, homeowners and Industry alike to shift their plant installation season. Similarly, the state of New Jersey recognized October as their ‘garden month’ and associations such as the ‘Home Garden Seed Association’ are promoting fall plant installation, too. Specific to my area, colleague members of the Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association (CVNLA) for the Greater Richmond Area (GRA) have launched an eco educational campaign – fall is for planting. Collectively as an Industry - we hope that such campaigns will enable an understanding of the benefits of plant installation during least climate stress conditions.
Why? During the fall season, fewer pests and disease problems occur, increased amounts of rainfall and cooler temperatures create ideal environments for plant development; and while there are cooler temperatures, the soil remains warm encouraging root growth which continues during the winter season; providing for plant roots, an opportunity of seven to nine months in which to develop prior to experiencing harsh effects of climate shift: extreme heat-index temperatures of the ‘dog days’ of summer.
As founder of the Plants of CARE plant recognition program and recipient of the ‘Turning America from Eco-weak to Eco-chic’ award sponsored by Hines Horticulture, Project Evergreen and Today’s Garden Center magazine, I encourage use of green-scaping concepts: build and maintain healthy soil, install right plant for site requirements; and during seasonal appropriate cycles, be water wise, adopt earth-friendly pest and weed management, implement natural lawn care and install plants during least climate stress conditions. So, make fall your planting season. Contribute to creating an eco-legacy of CARE, a perspective of conservation, accountability, recovery and eco-efficiency – ‘green’ America’s landscape!
Side Bar - For the fall of 2013, in addition to making ‘fall as the optimal planting season’, for the Greater Richmond Area attend a workshop October 1 – 22 , 6:30-8:30 p.m. session 055: Landscape/Garden Design for the Hands-on-Homeowner, through the Henrico County VA Adult Ed program, www.henrico.k12.va.us/adulteducation.