When you think of planting new flowers around your home, you may think of the spring as the time for major planting and landscaping projects. Surprisingly, the fall is actually the perfect season for planting. There’s so many different kinds of plants that thrive in the cooler weather. From perennials to trees to shrubs to vegetables, fall has it all. You just need to know what to plant in this thriving season that will be perfect for cooler weather. There’s so many different kinds of plants that are great for the fall, this article will surprise you.
The benefits of planting in the fall are many. The cooler temperatures are better for both the plants and you as a gardener. You can spend more time outdoors since the temperature is more suitable. Because the soil itself is still warm, it allows the roots of plants to grow all the way up until the time that the ground freezes later in the season. As a bonus, when everything is blooming during the spring, so will your fall flowers.
In the spring, you need to wait to begin planting until the soil is warmer, which can take some time. This actually means that there’s more good days for planting in the fall season than in the spring. The spring has notoriously unpredictable weather, making planting in this season even harder.
Just be sure that you provide your fall plants with enough water. This usually isn’t a problem considering the fall has quite a bit of rain. Pests and plant diseases are at a yearly low as well, making it a great time for planting.
The other bonus to the fall is that you don’t need fertilizer. It’s not the right season to fertilize in most cases. If you weren’t already aware, you need to stop fertilizing before the end of summer for most of your plants. The type of growth that fertilizer promotes can be stopped abruptly by winter weather, causing harm to the plant. If you’re planning on planting in the fall, try to plant about a month and a half before the first frost, which usually hits in late October.
Vegetables that can be planted in the fall include:
The fall is actually the best time to plant your turf grass and clean up your lawn as well. Blue grass, fescue and ryegrass need to be planted at this time. These grasses are all cool weather grasses and should be fertilized in early September and again later in the fall before the frost hits. This will give your grass a boost for an earlier green burst in the spring. Warm season grasses shouldn’t be fertilized during their dormant months. Hopefully, you’re inspired to plant during this fall season!