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Take Care Of Your Fall Yard

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 6 October , 2021

Fall is finally here, and it is time to take inventory of what should be done to care for your yard over the winter season. While San Diego enjoys beautiful weather most of the year, there is a difference in the fall/winter season and the spring/summer season that may have an impact on your yard maintenance.

San Diego weather actually fluctuates more than most people think. December is the coolest month, with average highs of only 66 and lows dipping as low as 49 on average. January and February also have an average high of 66, but the average lows climb to 50 and 51, respectively. In contrast, July, August, and September have average highs of around 77 and average lows of around 66.

Because of this ten to twenty-degree change in temperature between the seasons, it is important to consider the impact on your plants. While freezes are not usually an issue, the change in temperature does have an effect on your plants in terms of growth, bloom, and overall health.

Spring/Summer vs. Fall/Winter Plants in San Diego

As with any climate, you must take into account what plants thrive in both warm summers and cooler winters when planning your yard. A landscape planner will help you decide on these plants by considering the following factors:

  • Heat tolerance. Because San Diego enjoys a relatively Mediterranean climate with very mild winters, tolerance for year-round warmth is generally considered more important than cold tolerance. Many plants that are native to the Mediterranean grow well in San Diego, such as olives and hyssop. However, not all species of olives, for example, thrive in this environment. Careful selection will ensure healthy plants for years to come.
  • Hibernation period. Many plants that thrive in tropical climates can grow year-round in San Diego but beware of plants that need a cooler hibernation period. Some plants that grow well in Northern California will not tolerate the lack of cool weather in San Diego; in fact, some plants that grow wild in the northern part of the state can only be grown in climate-controlled environments in the south. This is because some plants have a natural need to hibernate and rejuvenate during the winter months; without this break, they simply will not grow in a healthy way.
  • Drought tolerance. San Diego also enjoys the benefits of varied micro-climates, with more moisture present closer to the coast and more arid, desert-like climates to the east. Depending on your area, you may be able to use plants that demand more humidity, or you may need to stick with more drought-tolerant species that demand less water.

At Juniper Landscape Company, we pride ourselves on working with our clients to suggest the best and most appropriate plants for their individual situations. Our professional landscape designers and architects can help you become familiar with beautiful plants to brighten your yard that will also work well with our climate. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you create the perfect San Diego yard!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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