What do I look forward to in my September landscape? It's not the items on my September yard to-do list, I'm sure of that! After a summer of yard chores, I'm much inclined to take it easy during the autumn. I have to rest up for a winter of shoveling snow, don't I?
No, my idea of how to spend my time in September is to keep an eye out for signs of fall. I also start planning my fall decorations and fall craft projects, such as decorating gourds. Not that I'm rushing the summer, mind you. But fall is coming whether I want it to or not, and I might as well enjoy the autumn season to the fullest. Here are some of the signs of fall's imminent arrival that I've already witnessed:
- Sumac is starting to turn shades of pink and orange.
- The orange fruit of the bittersweet berries is showing.
- Virginia creeper leaves are becoming reddish.
- The volunteer butternut squash in my compost bin is turning tan.
- The fruit on my neighbor's apple trees is ripening.
- Yellow jackets are stepping up their activity, putting me on the alert against their stings.
How about you? If you've seen some signs of fall you'd like to report, please use the Comments section below.
OK, I've procrastinated enough in getting to the work that needs to be done in September. What should you be doing in the yard for this month? Well, that depends on what region you inhabit. Consult this September yard to-do list compiled by Marie Iannotti to see what you can be doing to ensure that your yard will remain the best it can be as we enter the autumn season. About's Gardening Guide organizes her tips according to whether you live in a cool climate or a warmer one.
Photo of bittersweet berries ©2006 David Beaulieu (licensed to About.com)