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    Fall Colors above Durango

    I know fall colors can vary year to year, but when do the Aspens normally start to color up real nice when on bike rides just north of town, outside of Durango? Mid September?

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    Its starting already...gonna happen early this year!

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    Mid-Sept is perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoulderfu
    Its starting already...gonna happen early this year!

    What starts the leaves changing there? Is it due mostly to temperatures? In my neck of the woods, (NC), it's due to length of nighttime mostly but also temps.

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    Both have an effect,but we have had a lot of cold clear nights lately,and that seems to be speeding things up this year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoulderfu
    Both have an effect,but we have had a lot of cold clear nights lately,and that seems to be speeding things up this year!
    Shoot - I beat Mother Nature by months for fall colors. I learned this season that big bushes in wine barrel planters die before July hits. Lots of leaves floating around my back yard nowadays. I need some carved pumpkins now just to have some consistent level of decay back there now.

    Thanks to some gardener-hippie advice, I finally embraced the right wing mantra of Drill Bay Drill and things grow much better now.

    But yeah, I've seen some yellow out there now.
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    Mid - late Sept depending on elevation. Lower elevation = later colors

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    What about the thunderstorms, do they ease off by early-mid September?

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    Yes, the thunderstorms ease off and the snowstorms begin.

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    I think it's a function of having just barely below freezing temperatures at night/early morning, for short periods of time. One good hard freeze, and the leaves will brown up and fall off in the next wind storm.

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