Fall is for planting — it’s a secret every gardener knows. From cooler temps to garden center sales, there are many benefits to gearing up for next year now.
Cooler temperatures make it much more appealing to be outside digging in the yard — allowing you to take a more leisurely pace. Yet, the soil is still warm enough for roots to thrive and establish until the ground freezes.
As someone who values a good deal, you’ll definitely enjoy the fall plant sales. Since many garden centers would prefer not to overwinter plants, that means you can score deep discounts that will let you add new perennials to your yard that will last for years to come.
And, if you’re someone who’s a fan of spring bulbs, there’s no better time to plant! Bulbs need a certain amount of “chill hours” in the cool ground before they burst forth with beautiful blooms in the spring.
Ready to plant this fall? We’ve got you covered.
How to Care for Your Garden this Fall
Start with a Clean Up. Before adding new plants, start by cleaning up your yard and garden. Use Centurion’s telescopic leaf rake with adjustable folding head and 70 gallon leaf and lawn big cleanup bag to gather up all of those leaves and debris that have started collecting in your yard.
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- Evaluate and Think ahead. Look at your current garden space and decide what you want and where you want to put it. With a cleaned-up space, it’ll be much easy to visualize your spring garden. Prioritizing the plants you want will help you to get what you want while shopping those big garden center sales. Don’t forget to take into consideration how big your plants will get when they are full-size. While many plants can be moved later, it is so much easier if you find a permanent home for them now.
- Visit the Garden Center. With your list in hand, prepare to take on the garden center. Purchase a variety of plant types with different scents, bloom times, benefits, textures, sizes and color to get the most bang for your buck. Find out which plants on your list that can be planted now.
- Dig In. Once you’ve brought home your new plants, you’ll want to get them in the ground quickly. The window for fall planting ends six weeks before your average first frost, usually September or October for most people. Grab a pair of gloves and a trusty shovel to get those plants in the ground. Use a trowel for smaller plants and bulbs.
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761 Round Point D-Grip Shorty Shovel
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- Water. Deeply water in plants. In many regions of the country, fall showers will keep your plants watered. But you should water plants if you’re not getting at least 1” of rain per week until the ground freezes.
Enjoy your newly planted garden while you can and keep dreaming of a beautiful spring. If you’re looking for more garden projects, check out our other blogs!