Jim has a rule when he bites into a really hot pepper sprout in one of Megan's five-alarm hot shot panini sandwiches while lunching out on the job; 'stop, drop, and roll.' After recovery he then stumbles back to the flower bed to resume planting those spring bulbs. The rule there is 'dig, drop, and done.' It's really simple, and guaranteed to bring many springtimes of pleasure.
And you thought getting a PHD would take years of hanging around the library when all you needed to do was go outside to dig a hole. For that you DO need a PHD - a Post Hole Digger. Making that hole productive for a new planting does require a bit of art and a science, but there are no early morning classes or exams to sleep through. So get your PHD and start planting! Your landscape will be ready to enjoy by spring break.
"Lights, Conifers, Action!" That's what they shouted in Hollywood just before they shot the last scene in 'White Christmas' (well, something like that, surely). Now you can be the director of your very own holiday special by bringing your home landscape to a dazzle with holiday lighting that repels deer. Better yet, make it a double feature starting with fall colors that razzle as well as dazzle.
It's fall, the time of year we start thinking about closing up the garden shed and moving inside. Before you put away that shovel, plant a tree. Fall is the ideal planting season for trees, shrubs and other hardy plants. Their roots will respond well to the head-start on spring.