Cooler fall weather is soon approaching, meaning this is a prime opportunity to evaluate your garden. You may discover spots that need filling, replaced or improved. Perhaps there are even some areas you weren't ready to tackle in the hot days of summer, well here's your chance.
7 Reasons to Plant in the Fall
- Cooler air temperatures mean less stress on plants, and more energy for root establishment.
- Ground temperatures cool much more slowly than air temperatures in the fall, allowing for a long season of root establishment.
- Root systems will continue to grow and develop as long as the soil temperature remains above 40°F.
- Ground temperatures take a long time to warm in the spring, thus the root growth and establishments takes longer in the spring than the fall.
- Fall planting and establishment in the landscape allows plant material to grow with far less stress the following spring.
- Natural moisture becomes more readily available in fall for plants allowing for easier establishment in the landscape and less supplemental watering for the homeowner.
- Nutrients are readily absorbed in the fall that will ensure the plant material has what it needs to thrive in the spring
Proper Fertilization is Essential to Fall Plant Survival
Here's a quick step-by-step breakdown of the planting video:
First, position your plant and begin to mark out the edge of the hole.
Mix compost into the original soil, making sure you have about 60-70% compost.
Set your plant in to judge height. The top of the root ball should be at or slightly above level.
Firmly compact the soil to stabilize the plant. Add more soil if needed.
The whole should be twice the width of the plant's container/rootball.
Mix thoroughly and break up chunks to ensure your plants roots have a soft, easy soil.
Remove from the pot and loosen up the soil of the root ball, exposing the roots slightly.
Water the base of the plant to further compact the soil and eliminate air pockets.
Reserve the soil off to he side to mix in your amendment.
Your hole depth should be about 1-1.5x the height of the root ball.
Once the plant is placed, shovel in your soil mixture to fill the hole.
All About the Bulbs
Get your Spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, and crocus planted now before the ground freezes solid. Make sure to apply bone meal or bulb booster to the bulbs for a much needed spring fertilizer as well as Plantskydd squirrel and rabbit repellent to prevent them from getting dug up and eaten.
View our Fall Bulb selection online