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Spring is Special, But Fall is Fine for Planting
While a lot of folks still cling to the notion that spring is the best time of the year for planting, fall is just as good, if not better. While it is true that you may not see spring-style immediate results with bulbs, planting trees and shrubs offer visual results right away. And as far as bulbs and perennials go, good things come to those who wait.
Now, of course, it’s up to you how much time you’d like to spend planting instead of watching college football games — We think that’s what halftime is for.
While it’s important to keep in mind hardy plants will fair much better than tender, heat-loving annuals or colorful tropicals, most plants will do quite well when rooted in the fall. Let’s go over some of the positive attributes that come along with planting in autumn.
Less rain? Yes. But also, less heat — We all know the feeling in the midst of summer. You water your plants vigorously the night before, only to find out the super hot, midday summer sun makes it necessary to repeat the watering the next day. While fall may not have as much natural precipitation, it’s still easier to keep newly rooted plants well watered at 65° than it is at 95°.
Easier on your body and health — It’s no mystery that being on your hands and knees, crawling around your landscaping and digging holes is not exactly a beach vacation. It may seem simple, but working on your green thumb during moderate temperatures is a whole lot more pleasant than sweating profusely in the dog days of summer.
Great air/soil temperature balance — Just like you, plants tend to enjoy moderate temperatures over extreme ones. Combine this with the warm soil that is the product of a long, hot summer, and your little green buddies will be quite happy.
Easier spring work — Because your fall plants will enjoy a few extra months rooting in the soil, you’ll find that spring will require less effort during your gardening/landscaping process. Plants will grow faster, bloom better and in a lot of cases, flower more frequently.
Insects and pests take a vacation — You’ll notice that bugs, in general, tend to take more time off the fall, whereas spring is quite the opposite. These little leaf chewing menaces wake up in the spring hungry, which can make for quite challenging plant upkeep.
Still questioning what plants work the best in fall? Stop by our garden center and ask us!