the temperature starts to drop at this time of year most people think
that it is time to mow the lawn for the last time, rake leaves and then
put away their gardening tools until spring. Autumn really is the best
time to plant most trees shrubs and perennials. It is the only time to
plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.
The reasons to plant in the fall are many. For
one the soil usually is easier to work than in the spring when rains are
more frequent. Another is that while the tops of most trees, shrubs and
perennials are going dormant, their roots continue to grow and become
established over the winter. This means that when spring comes the
plants start to grow normally, because they aren’t forced to try to grow
new roots and foliage at the same time. In fact fall planted specimens
usually surpass their spring planted counterparts the first growing
season. Another reason would be spring blooming shrubs and perennials
will bloom at their normal time and general for a longer period of time
than those that are trying to get over the shock of being planted and
blooming at the same time. Finally, the weather is quite comfortable for
working outdoors, so it makes it a pleasant chore for the gardener.
before you put away your gardening tools for the season look around your
property get some of your planting projects done this fall. You will be
pleased you did next spring.