Wheelbarrow and trays with new plants - preparing for planting new plants in the garden on early September morningFall is here, but people usually do not associate gardening with this magical time of year. However, this is a great time to round out your garden. Whether you are just starting out, or looking to add to an existing garden, taking advantage of the fall season will give you a head start on the spring planting season.  The following offers four reasons why you should plant in the fall.

  1. Fall is the right time to buy perennials. Though many greenhouses may be offering their perennials at low clearance prices, that does not mean they should be looked over. In fact, the small plants that you buy in autumn will be twice as big in the spring with a little love. Buying high quality perennials that were tenderly grown in larger pots will enable you to plant these hardy plants up through the end of October. The roots will still be able to take hold, even with the dropping temperatures. If the root is well enough established, it will continue to deepen even up through December.

You don’t want to apply any type of fertilizer during the fall planting because you should not be interested in the plant blooming or creating foliage. Instead, planting in the fall will enable the roots to take hold so that the blooming and foliage will take place in the spring.

If you wait until spring to buy your perennials, you will probably end up with a much smaller plant. You will have to wait a whole year to see your new plant at its peak. Instead, buying up the larger perennials in the fall will ensure you make the most of your spring garden. You can only imagine your flower-rich landscape as you step out on a warm spring morning!

  1. Fall’s cooler weather is less stressful for plants. Believe it or not, the autumn weather and shorter days actually reduces stress on a plant. When temperatures begin to drop, plants stop producing flowers and channel of its energy on strengthening its root system for the long winter months. When the plants do come out of their dormancy in the spring, they will be bigger and stronger than those planted in the spring. Plus, the soil stays moist in the fall months, meaning that the plants do not need as much water as they would in the spring.
  2. You can plant your perennials exactly where you want them. Once your flowers start blooming and their foliage becomes larger, planting new plants becomes tricky. You may not know where one plant ends and another begins. However, planting in the fall can help you see where you need to put plants. You can easily see bald spots, or areas that need a little more coverage. Since the plants are full grown, you can see how much room they will take up, as well as how many you will eventually need to cover your garden properly.
  3. If you want flowers in the spring, plant in the fall. If you especially love flowers in the spring and early summer, it is important to have your plants in by the fall. This way, you will enjoy a fresh bloom at the beginning of the season. If you wait until spring to plant, more than likely, you will not enjoy many of the flowers and blooms that a plant offers until the next season. Planting in fall allows your plant to establish its roots and blossom fully in the spring.

 Though much of the country is packing things in for the winter, you could be continuing to plant throughout the fall. Flowers are not the only plants that are ideal for planting during the fall. There are also fall-season vegetables and grasses that are perfect for planting in the fall. Evergreen and deciduous trees are also viable candidates for autumn plantings. So it is a wonder why so many people wait until the spring to pick out their plants and begin planting.

Other Considerations For Planting In Fall

Fall is so good for plants because the warm soil encourages continued root growth, meaning that roots can continue to extend through the ground until it freezes. In fact, if it is a mild winter, the roots of these fall-planted plants can continue to gain strength all winter long. If you have a landscaping company, you may want to share your desire for fall plants, as they may be able to make the most of your spring yield.

Granted, it is in spring that roots really being to grow rapidly; however, planting in the fall gives perennials and other plants the opportunity to establish a good foundation in your garden.

And let’s mention here the wetter conditions that fall brings. The steady rainfall that autumn affords these plants means that they will come in fuller and healthier in the spring. Which means you will be enjoying your flowers and blooms, while your neighbors are still at the greenhouses picking their plants out.