Did you know that Fall is the Best Time to Plant? It is also time to protect your garden for the cooler months and to plan for the upcoming seasons.
Plant: Fall is one best times of the year to plant hardy plants, edible fall crops and spring blooming bulbs. The ground is still warm allowing for the newly planted to get established while the winter rains hydrate establishing roots.
- Plant sod or seed and apply organic fertilizer to your lawn & landscape
- Plant hardy trees, shrubs, perennials, cold season veggies, grasses, ground covers and spring blooming bulbs.
- Add Fall Annuals and colorful perennials into pots, borders & beds- Pansies & Violas; Mums & Asters; Cabbage & Kale and Fall Color Vines (Purple Grape, Silver Lace Vine, Virginia Creeper) & Shrubs (Dogwood, Spirea & Blueberries), Evergreen Perennials (Heuchera, Tiarella & Hellebores), Broad Leaf (Euonymus, Azaleas & Lonicera) and Conifers.
- Start a Veggie Garden! Cool season veggies-there are a bunch- Broccoli, Kohlrabi, Brussels & Cauliflower; Cabbage & Kale; Lettuce, Chard & Spinach; Onions & Leeks; Radish, Rutabaga, Turnips & Carrots
- Make yourself a list of what you need to do and when. This saves you time and money in the long run.
- Research new varieties to try, build a greenhouse or cold frame and make raised vegetable beds. Organize your seed packages.
- Apply Grub Gone to kill larvae of the destructive Cafer Beetle.
- Apply Mulch like compost or other organic soil amendments 1-3” deep. This helps protect your plants roots from winter damage.
- Avoid heavy pruning in fall, best to wait until late winter.
- Irrigation systems need to be winterized, ask a professional when needed. Add a hose bib or spigot protector to all outdoor faucets.
- Bring in tools, wheel barrows and hoses to protect from freezing.