Fall Planting

The fall season is an excellent time for planting; particularly evergreens, both broad-leaf and conifers.  The heat of the summer has passed, the soil is still relatively warm, the nights are longer and cooler and the rainfall received doesn’t evaporate as quickly as in the summer months.

Planting in September, October and November gives the plants a chance to adjust to their new environment.  This is because the main leader – branches and leaves (or needles) – are no longer actively growing.  The root system of each plant has time to establish new feeder roots over the next 4-6 months before they are again called upon to supply water and nutrients to an actively growing plant.

The less “technical” explanation is this:  fall is an excellent time for planting!  Speaking of fall, this is also a great time to plant spring flowering bulbs!  (Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus)  There is nothing quite like bright and colorful flowers to bring new life to an early spring day!

Until next time, Jim

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