Fall gardening: why do we recommend it? Well, for starters, fall is the beginning of all happiness. It starts with the simple yet potent smell of pumpkin spice and transitions into cozy sweaters. It’s the excitement of the state fair and funnel cakes. In other words, fall is the cinnamon of joy (see what I did there?) And with so much to love about the season, why wait until spring to revamp your garden? Plants love the fall just as much as we do, and fall gardening comes with a lot of health benefits, too. 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, they can focus on getting those roots established. But plants can grow their roots as long as the soil temperature is at least 50 degrees. Therefore, during the fall, the ground is still warm enough to provide an ideal environment for roots to thrive underground.
Fewer Pests, Diseases, and Watering
The best part about fall gardening? Less hassle. 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 often, but you will have to water them. And since the weather is cool, your plants will not be as prone to pests and diseases either.
And the selection of plants is definitely limited, but the sales? Amazing. Because most nurseries are trying to get rid of their old inventory to make room for spring, you can get a lot of expensive plants for half of the price!
Last But Not Least: Location, Location, Location
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 farther 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, your perennials, trees, and shrubs will flourish if you wait to plant them during autumn. The summer sun can cause a lot of stress on these types. Furthermore, you should choose plant species that are most easily established: deciduous shrubs, crabapples, and maples, to name a few. Check out our offerings and pick your fall favorites!