There is no doubt that a beautiful garden next spring and summer means planning ahead. Fall is the very best time for planting almost anything in your landscape. The weather is much more forgiving, and Mother Nature provides many incentives, making the investment in your landscape pay extra dividends next spring and summer.
Fall planting gives trees and shrubs a chance to put down new roots and become established through the fall and winter months. When next summer rolls around, those plants will have acclimated to their new location and don’t need as much care and maintenance as they would if planted in the spring. There is typically more rain in the fall, and the cooler temperatures ensure that new plants get off to the best start possible. Fall is also the best time for transplanting any specimens that may be more attractive in a new location.
Another advantage to fall planting is that inventory in the nurseries is at its peak, just as it is in spring. However, if you have a specific plant cultivar or bloom color in mind, it’s always best to purchase those items when they are in bloom. For instance, if you would like a pink dogwood instead of white, its always best to see the bloom color with your own eyes. Plants are occasionally mis-tagged.
Fall is a not only a great time to plant, it’s also a good time to plan. Imagine your garden with a succession of blooms, color, and multi-seasonal interest. The garden can be beautiful even in the dead of winter, but a year-round beautiful garden doesn’t happen by accident. A professional landscape designer can be of great value in obtaining optimum results.
Don’t miss the opportunities to clean up in the fall. For the healthiest garden, removing falling leaves, spent summer annuals and perennials is a useful practice. Composting is a great way to dispose of this type of garden waste and builds beautiful, rich, organic soil for you garden. Compost is called “black gold” in gardening circles because it is a highly valued commodity for amending the soil. Enjoy the fall season and updating your garden. It nurtures the soul and the rewards in the spring will more than repay all of your efforts.
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