Fall Colors are Late This Year

Unusually warm temperatures have delayed the fall color display in Indiana this year, according to DNR community and urban forester Carrie Tauscher. While all of Indiana has experienced bright, warm days, the occurrence of cool nights and soil moisture have varied dramatically throughout the state. With late fall color change comes the chance for a shortened window for full fall color enjoyment. Once the leaves fall, Tauscher said Hoosiers should consider mulching their yard leaves instead of bagging them and sending them to a landfill. One option is to mow the leaves and let them be absorbed back into your lawn, providing nutrients for the next growing season. Another is to layer them onto planting beds, which provides nutrients and protects against wind erosion.

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