Fall 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.
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!
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.
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.