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Time to Begin a Fall Garden

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Sunday, 6 August , 2023

Some people in southern California believe that there is really only one season–warm!  However, even though we may not have huge changes in temperature, there are changes in the weather patterns that indicate that fall has arrived.  Now is a great time to think about planting things that may take a bit cooler weather so you can enjoy the beauty in your outdoor spaces all year long. 

Weather Changes and Plant Growth 

The beautiful Mediterranean-like climate of San Diego offers us an extended period in which we can grow many plants year-round.  However, it is worth noting that even with the mild temperatures, days during fall are shorter.  The hours of daylight per day have a dramatic effect on what grows well during this time of year.  Plants tend to go dormant as sunlight decreases, even if the temperatures remain high. 

Furthermore, the Santa Ana winds play a role in the autumn growing cycle.  Santa Ana winds are katabatic, which means that they move from higher mountain elevations down to the coast.  The winds warm approximately five degrees for every 1,000 feet of elevation they drop.  This means that by the time they get to San Diego, they are quite warm and can quickly dry up soil and deplete water sources, creating a fire hazard as well as potentially harming plants. 

However, with some planning and hard work, you can still enjoy a beautiful yard throughout the fall.  Here are some tips to help: 

  • Spend time cleaning and repairing.  Fall is a great time to remove all the dead foliage and weeds from your garden spaces.  However, you should also let some of your dying plants go to seed.  This helps keep beneficial organisms in your yard and benefits your new plants that are about to grow. 
  • Add a good organic fertilizer.  Now is a great time to amend your soil with strong organic fertilizers.  Since you will not be planting as much in the fall as in the spring, go ahead and work on your soil to have it ready for next season.  While you are at it, spend some time aerating the soil with a fork.  Following this up with compost and mulch will give you the strongest possible soil for your spring garden. 
  • Compost completely.  There is really no such thing as having too much compost!  Adding rich, beautiful compost to your beds will always pay off when you plant new varieties.  Cover your compost with mulch to keep it from drying out until you are ready to plant.  Mulch is key to holding in moisture, even during dry periods. 
  • Go ahead and add fall plants.  There are many plants that do well in the cooler seasons, some of them edible.  Try planting a few during your off-season and see what you can harvest from your own yard! 

Taking a few steps now to prepare for fall and spring planting will ultimately benefit the health and beauty of your yard.  For more tips on how to keep your yard looking its best, contact Juniper Landscape Company.  We are one of San Diego’s leading environmentally-conscious landscape companies, and we are ready to work with you to create an outdoor space you will love! 

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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