Spring isn’t the only season for seasonal planting. In fact, many plants and trees root even better if they are planted in the fall. In mild areas like the southeast, fall can be the ideal time to plant several varieties of trees and bushes. So before you put away your gardening tools, consider adding some of these fall-specific plants to your landscaping design before winter arrives.
Many plants, trees and shrubs can be purchased with bare roots, making fall the best time to plant. Roses, fruit trees and some perennials like daylilies are often sold with bare roots. By planting in the fall, they are able to establish their roots through the dormant season. Soak the roots in water for 24 hours, then plant in moist soil.
The balled-and-burlapped method of transplanting trees is often used by nurseries. The trees are dug up during the summer, then have their roots burlapped until they can be replanted. It’s best to plant these trees in the dormant season, usually between October and March. The digging up process can cause stress on the trees, so planting them in the fall gives them time to recover before spring.
Although you can usually plant from containers any time of year, many of these types of plants do well when transplanted in the fall. Often, trees or shrubs bought in containers need extra moisture to flourish, so the cool, moist autumn ground creates ideal growing conditions.
Trees and shrubs are two of the most popular items to plant in the fall. Talk to your landscaping professional about what trees, bushes and shrubs would enhance your yard and grow well in your soil. Your landscaper can help you get these plants in the ground before winter, to be ready to start their first growing season next spring.
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping