You may have heard the phrase: “Fall is for Planting”. Is this true and is it better to plant in the fall or in the spring?
We have seen for over 30 years that plants planted in the Fall need much less maintenance in terms of watering, and show stronger growth the following year.
In order for a plant to survive and thrive it needs to put on root growth, so that it can support growth in the stems, which will in turn produce leaves, flowers and fruits. This root growth primarily occurs in cool soil temperatures which occur in the fall, early winter and early spring. So when you plant in the fall you will be giving the new plantings the most time to strengthen their root systems.
What are the best plants to plant in the Fall:
Grass seed – September
Sod – any time up to mid November
Deciduous shrubs – any time up to early December
Perennials – any time up to early November
Bulbs – Mid October through December.
Large deciduous trees – mid October through early December
Evergreen shrubs and trees – September and October.
You will also find that prices will be less in the Fall than what you would pay the following Spring and that the wait time to install your new landscape may be shorter.
Call us today and mention this blog for a free Fall landscaping consultation!