When most people think of fall in terms of the world around them, they think of brightly colored leaves falling in abundance from deciduous trees such as maples, oaks, birch, and poplars. And, while this is true in many of the northern states, in the south, the color and majesty of fall come in a more subtle fashion. Central Florida is one area where fall comes quietly yet none the less it does come.
For those who live in Central Florida and are willing to venture outside of their air conditioners, they will notice the first hint of fall in the middle to late September. Winds become breezes, and there is a touch of coolness in their coming. You can almost say there is a feeling that the weather is changing even though temperatures will stay in the high 80’s and low 90’s through October, sometimes even into early November. Looking around, you can see plants such as the desert rose shedding most of its leaves, and the bright annual flowers of summer begin to fade, and their stems and leaves curl and turn brown. Grass begins to grow more slowly although mowing is still done once a week. The almost daily monsoon rains or afternoon sun-showers of summer stop and are replaced by more traditional rainstorms on an occasional basis. Many types of palms shed seed pods and seed clusters as do weeds such as milkweed, wheatgrass, and cockle burrs. If you look into undeveloped areas you will notice a lot of brown vegetation as the underbrush begins to die down, getting ready for winter. (Yes, we do have winter in Central Florida.)
But what is one of the most exciting facts about fall in Central Florida is that instead of the growing season for flowers and vegetables coming to an end until Spring, there fall ushers in a second growing season. Essentially, there is no rest for the Central Florida Gardner. This is the time of year to plant petunias, geraniums, dianthus, and pansies for garden color. For vegetables you can grow tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, kale, collards, beets, beans, cabbage, and carrots. In Central Florida you can have a fresh salad from your garden all year round.
For many folks, the fall is an excellent time to call in a professional lawn and landscape company to help carry on the task of gardening and help to give the extra touches so enjoyable and lovely to look at during the upcoming holiday season. Check online and with family and friends for ideas of successful companies in your area. Should you live in Ocala or surrounding areas there is a lawn and landscaping company, Best Cuts Lawn and Landscaping, which has been doing an excellent job for over 25 years. Nelson Smitty started the company and has seen to the training of workers and overseeing of each job for complete satisfaction ever since. He offers a free estimate and answers to your gardening questions. Please call (352) 216-0512 for an appointment. You will be glad you did.