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Fall Leaves

More than pumpkin spiced lattes and college football, autumn is known for changing, colorful leaves. While most of us like to sit and admire the display of red, orange and yellow on the trees during fall, have you ever stopped to think about why or how leaves change their color? The science behind it all is quite interesting.

There are three major factors that influence fall leaf color: the length of the day/night, weather, and leaf pigments. Unlike summer months, the autumn season includes cooler air as well as shorter days and longer nights. These are significant changes that alters the photosynthesis process and the expression of pigment in each leaf.

Let’s review photosynthesis in order to understand how leaves change their color. All trees contain chloroplasts and chlorophyll in each of their cells, and this is where the process of turning light into energy (or photosynthesis) takes place. This involves the green pigment chlorophyll as a byproduct. However, as there is less sunlight in the day this process slows down and chlorophyll consequently breaks down. Without chlorophyll, the leaves lose their shade of green.

The reds, oranges and yellows that we see on the leaves during the fall are actually colors that have been in the leaves all along. Without the production of chlorophyll, the underlying pigments of the leaves are now exposed. Depending on the type of tree, the leaves may have carotenoids, which are pigments that produce yellows, oranges and browns or they may contain anthocyanins, which produce blue, violet, and red pigments.

The next time you gaze at the changing colors of fall, you’ll have a better understanding (and appreciation) for the complexity that is taking place within those leaf cells. At Mobile Joe’s Landscaping, we love sharing our expertise and passion for the outdoors. If you need lawn advice, please contact us today!

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Alpharetta, GA 30004

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Bill O.

Joe Archer has built a great family business by treating his customer very well. They do a great job, are consistent, are reliable and are friendly. When we've had big family events, Joe takes as much pride in how our yard will look as we do...came by twice a week before a wedding to make sure things looked tops. Uses reel mowers, not rotary, to have the most even look. Use Mobile Joe!!!!

Michael DePadro

I have known Joe for over 10 years. In the past 10 years Joe has completed 3 large landscaping projects for us. My wife and I would never consider using anyone else as Joe does excellent work is dependable and is easily reached if you need to call him for anything. We can highly recommend Joe for any landscape design project or for excellent on going lawn care. Joe's team uses reel mowers so your lawn looks like a golf course fairway when his team is taking care of your lawn maintenance. I have recommended Joe to several friends who have used Joe for small landscape projects and for landscape projects that went into the six figure range. Everyone that I have referred to Joe has been very pleased with his work so give him a call if you are looking for a dependable landscaper.

David Borel

I was interviewing and getting proposals from landscaping companies for a full front yard renovation at my home. Joe by far seemed the most knowledgeable and experienced of the companies I spoke with - and the friendliest. He laid out different options to meet my budget. His prices were great as well. His team did a great job, showed up on time, and cleaned up where you could not even tell they were there - other than a complete beatiful new front yard landscape with stone walls, new plantings, grass, and trees. Looks awesome! Thanks Mobile Joe!

Mark French

Mobile Joe's Landscaping has taken care of all my landscaping needs for many years - and I highly recommend Joe and his team! Mobile Joe's has designed and implemented various landscape install projects as well as performed all the maintenance at each of the three homes I've owned in north Fulton beginning in the early 1990s. I have no doubt that Joe's expertise in both hardscape and softscape has added significant value to my properties and I'm extremely appreciative for all the attention to detail and great execution that Mobile Joe's Landscaping is known for here in the Roswell / Alpharetta area. These guys truly care about meeting and exceeding customer expectation!

Dona Owenby Ellis

Most fantastic Landscapers ever! Knows everything and can do anything! Very reliable, honest and hard working - great management and crews!

Ann Adcox Gazell

Mobile Joe exceeded our expectations and our vision. Love this man!! His team was so thorough. The attention to detail was phenomenal. Can't wait to hire him for another project.

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Mobile Joe’s Landscaping

12460 Crabapple Rd. Suite 202 - 407
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(770) 360-5604

Opening hours:

Mon. - Fri. 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM