Fall Color change outs

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Smittie, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. Smittie

    Smittie LawnSite Member
    Messages: 238

    I was curious when you guys start doing your fall color change outs. I have started seeing the fall mums out at the nurseries. Also what do you guys use for the fall color, I.E. Mums or what. Thanks for all suggestions.
  2. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    I don't do much int he way of fall color, only about 2K pansies. but I do 60K tulips for the spring
  3. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    Pansies, cabbage, kale. we will start Oct 1.
  4. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 830

    I think its too early now for fall change outs. Start in Early October. But I saw Brickman doing some change outs with mums today.
  5. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,157

    you can do that with mums, but they'll gone in a month anyhow...Just a way to make some more $$$$
  6. JShe8918

    JShe8918 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 946

    This is an awesome question. I am going to offer this to a select few of my customers and local businesses and i have been looking trying to find out what i need to do for color. I am tuning in to hear more on this subject.
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    What we look at is the time factor in establishing good root systems before the cold snap and frosts. An Example is the pansies--we plant then now up to October, as if we don't, the stock will diminish and we don't get adequate root structures. You can have a little warm days on pansies and be ok but definately not into the upper 80's--however, I have seen pansies flourish in these temps and higher here.
    We don't do alot of cabbage and kale, the mums are a great add-on but the blooms are short lived. We will do mum arrangements on customers that want either instant color or want to wait on color blooms. We search for the plants that are within a week of burst in color or the one's that are just at bloom break. This will give the customer a week of color most times. We plant in blood meal and super phosphate.
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    It's a little early yet, but I go with most of the above mentioned flowers.

    I don't have any request from my customers to do fall color, but once my sign is close to the first frost, then I switch everything out. I usually use mums, a few pumpkins, and some shocks of corn stacked against the sign.
  9. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    we dont do this but have thought of it as an added service, is it profitable?
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Here the annuals are finally looking excellent, foliage is starting to turn and the pines are dropping needles.
    It would be fun to switch out cool season plantings after the hot season is done, but here we clean up the dead leaves and prepare for winter.
    Not many people think of fall planting and too many people think of summer planting, when they shouldn't.

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