Why fall is the best time for planting:

Fall is the ideal time to plant all kinds of things yet when it comes to planting many homeowners think spring is the best time. First let’s define when fall starts, which varies considerably from one part of the country to the next. Basically, the ideal period for fall planting is roughly six weeks before the first hard frost. Listed below are a few keys points as to why Fall is a great time for planting.

- Milder temperatures during initial root growth as opposed to spring planting and the harsh summer temperatures give roots a great head start.

- Fall has more rain than late spring and summer which allows for more consisted watering during initial root growth.

- Even when the temperatures drop to freezing and below the ground temperatures will usually stay above 40 on into December/January in most of the US zones which allows for continued root growth into the winter months. Even if the plant is dormant above ground the roots can continue to establish when the ground temperatures are above 40 degrees.

- Flowering shrubs are already established for the following spring which generates better flushing and flowering in the spring as opposed to planting a flowering shrub in the spring. When a flowering shrub is planted in the spring it has to go through its reproductive cycle (production of it flowers) and establish new root growth simultaneously. This creates more stress on the plant than if it is planted in the fall and can already have a start on its new root structure.

- Non-flowering shrubs also benefit in the same way as they will have better flushing in the spring if they are planted in the fall because there initial root growth has already been established.



Plant or Transplant

Planting or transplanting in the fall gives trees and shrubs a head start due to the cooler weather and rain establishing a good root system for spring growth.

• Choose location based on sun and water needs.

• Mix one part topsoil, one part organic matter or compost and one part peat moss to planting hole.

• Mulch newly planted trees and shrubs.

• Build up a 3-inch mound around the planting hole to create a basin for water.