I pulled out all the flowers and greenery on the surface of the planter but I didn't worry much about the roots or the soil because I needed something to build on top of anyway. We'd been to Walmart today where I'd purchased a package of 10 fabric fall leaves for $1.50 as well as a garland of fall leaves and berries for $5.00. I lined the planter with the loose leaves, leaving them hanging over the edges. Then I put my pumpkins and gourds from last Sunday into the planter, taking care to make sure that there was something holding down each of the leaves (don't want to lose them when the wind picks up!). Lastly, I wrapped the garland all around the outside of the planter.
Just a note, I likely won't be posting tomorrow. We're going down to see the Jays vs. the Yankees and it'll probably be a late night. But I'll be back on Tuesday so be sure to visit then :)