There is no feeling of reward and accomplishment that compares to setting about to perform a task and completing it. When that which is to be accomplished is outdoors, in the elements and the weather smiles on you, it only enriches it. Sometimes it is necessary to push through the difficulty of inclement weather. The reward for completion under those conditions is simply relief. This is the time of year when so many take the time to congratulate; on having a job where so much of our work is conducted under the glorious sunshine and blue sky. The obvious sound of envy permeates the conversations. However, it seems like those folks are nowhere to be found in January or August.
There are two great times for planting shade trees or screening hedges: Now and 10 years ago. Since the latter seems to be currently unavailable, let’s concentrate on the former. Now is the time for all good gardeners to come to the aid of their landscape. If you are waiting for the weather to improve, perhaps gardening is not really your thing. For those of us who relish the crisp days of autumn, there is no time like the present. Since the days where frost and freezing can occur almost any morning, you should be thinking of getting those summer annuals out. I know it is difficult; parting is such sweet sorrow. Should you choose to wait, you will likely be removing slimy stems as opposed to easy to pull, still firm plants. Besides, if pansies/panolas/violas are in you plan; you need to act now while selections are still excellent. Soon selections will be limited to what remains at the end of the season. Waiting does not infer the plants will be of lessor quality, simply fewer choices.
The clock is also ticking on fall overseeding. A favorable window for the next 10 days or so exists. Every day you delay may add two days to germination time. Act now; special pricing continues and time marches onward.