Planting isn’t just a spring activity. Spring may be special, but fall has distinct planting benefits. Autumn’s cooler air temperatures are easier on both plants and landscapers.  The soil is still warm, allowing roots to grow until the ground freezes. On the flip side, in spring, plants don’t grow until the soil warms up. In fact, fall has more good days for plants than spring does with the unpredictable weather.

WHAT TO PLANT IN THE FALL

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs are like a party on your property. They burst out of the ground just when we need them most, shouting the arrival of spring. But like every great party, they require some planning. That time is now! All spring-blooming bulbs need a period or cold dormancy to bloom. Tulips and daffodils are a great pick for spring-blooming bulbs suggested to be planted in September or October, when the soil temperatures have cooled.

Pansies

Fall is the best time to plant pansies because the still-warm soil temperatures give their roots time to establish. By planting in fall, you’ll get two seasons of enjoyment out of these cool-seasons favorites. For best results, plant pansies when the soil temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees.

Turf

Fall is the best time to establish a new lawn. These cooler temperatures are preferable, as you have less risk of your sod overheating or drying out. This does not mean that you cannot have success in the hotter, dryer months of the summer. You simply need to be more diligent with your watering and maintenance. Fall is a great time to sod. Just be sure to take the extra time and plan ahead to ensure that your sod takes root before the ground freezes. Warm-season grasses such as Bermuda and St. Augustine should be fertilized in early September and again in late October to give a boost for earlier spring green-up.

Tree and Shrubs

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees and shrubs. The weather is cool, but the soil is still warm enough for root development. Soil temperatures should be well above 55 F at a depth of 6 inches at planting time. This condition usually exists until early to mid October. Keep newly planted trees and shrubs well-watered until the ground freezes so they get a good start before going into full dormancy during winter.

Perennials

Perennials can also be planted in the fall, especially specimens with large root balls. Any fall-planted perennials should be carefully watered until the ground freezes to keep their roos healthy and strong. Don’t overwater, but make sure the plants get at least 1 inch of water one time per week.

The best annuals to add color to your landscape for the fall include:

  • Marigolds (great pick because they come in orange, yellow, gold, etc.)
  • Begonia
  • Petunia
  • Pansies
  • Sunflowers
  • Snapdragons
  • Zinnia

 

Contact HydroPro Landscaping today at (325) 864-9404 or info@hydroprolandscaping.com to schedule one or several fall planting to be completed at your property.