In South Carolina, fall is the beginning of all happiness. It starts with the simple, yet potent, smell of pumpkin spice candles. Then it’s the excitement of the state fair where you can binge on funnel cakes, donut burgers, and even fried kool-aid (don’t ask me how that works, because I still have no idea). From cozy oversized sweaters, hot cocoa, and the best Halloween movies of all times, the fall is the cinnamon of joy. See what I did there?
Anyways, the happiness isn’t limited to just anyone. The fall spirit can be spread to anything. For instance, that beautiful garden of yours. You tend to forget about it come this season, but why? Plants love the fall just as much as we do, and it comes with a lot of health benefits too. It’s also the perfect time to garden. Don’t believe me? Keep reading.
Lay Down Good Ol’Roots!
During the fall, plants slow down on leaf and flower production, because they’re approaching dormancy, and can use more of their time to focus on getting those roots established. Plants can grow their roots as long as the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees. Therefore, the ground is still warm enough to provide an ideal environment for roots to thrive underground. You thought you had me, but nice try.
Fewer Pests, Diseases, and Watering
The best part about the fall is the little care that comes with your plants. Because of the many rainy days that the fall brings, your garden will require less watering. Now let’s pause for a second, and let me go into further detail about this water situation. Yes, fall brings many rainy days, but that doesn’t mean you completely stop watering your plants! You will not have to water them as much, but you will have to water them. Because of the cool weather, your plants will not be as prone to pests and diseases either.
The selection of plants is definitely limited, but the sales that are available are remarkable. Because most nurseries are trying to get rid of their old inventory to make room for their new inventory for spring, you can get a lot of expensive plants for half of the price!
Location matters when it comes to fall planting. If you live in the midwest, the odds of success may be better in the spring. If you live in the west, fall planting may be best for you because of dry summers. My suggestion would be to give it a try and see what works for your area. If the fall is a great time to plant in your area, perennials, trees, and shrubs will thank you if you wait to plant them until the autumn. The summer sun can cause a lot of stress on these plants. If it’s deep into the fall where you are, plant species that are most easily established. For example, deciduous shrubs, crabapples, and maples.