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Changing weather means it's time to change up your yard

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:32:39 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 08:01:00 PM CDT
Fall Plants

With cooler nights and shorter days on the way, you can add certain plants to your landscape to make sure you've got a lot of color even on a cold day.

Flowers like pansies and mums are great for a bit of color and can stand up well to the cooler temps.

Other flowers that don't mind chilly days are snapdragons, dianthus, and kale.

It's also a good time of year to plant trees because you can establish a good root system even when the top of the tree isn't growing much.

When you're thinking of which trees to plant, think native.

"All your Red Oaks, your Chinese Pistache, your Cedar Elms, your pear trees, they're all native to this area so you're not going to go wrong with any of these trees" says B.J. Mankin, Outdoor Consultant for Mankin & Sons Gardens.

Adding mulch and keeping your plants watered will help them last.

If you think you may be over watering your trees, follow this simple rule. Check the top three to four inches of soil around the base of the tree. If the soil is moist, there's enough water. If it's dry, your tree is thirsty and needs a little more.