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Sep 05

Planting for Fall: Quick Tips to Grow Your Garden

For most people, gardening is synonymous with spring, and the new blooms, vibrant colors and fresh fragrance that arrive with the warmer months. But did you know that fall is the best time to plant? 

When you plant in fall, you'll get all those beautiful benefits and more for the next year - while giving your plants plenty of time (and the right conditions) to establish before winter. Here, we'll explain why - and give you a few recommendations to keep you growing this fall and for seasons to come.

1. Better Weather

Fall's cooler temperatures are better for both you and your plants. While the weather is getting cooler, the days are still sunny and soil is relatively warm, so your plants will have some time to get established before the ground freezes. And because fall weather tends to be more predictable and more pleasant, you'll have a much easier time planning and planting your garden.

Plus, your young plants won't be as susceptible to common summer issues like drought, sunburn or pests.

Even better is the fact that you can plant in peace - no hot weather or pesky mosquitos to deal with!

FGT Tip: It's best to plant up to 6 weeks before the ground freezes in your area. You know your weather best, so it will depend on your climate. Usually, you'll want to plant by early to mid-October for best results, though you can plant through mid-November in some areas.

2. Less Guesswork

Planting in fall means less work to ensure your new plants thrive - you'll need to worry less about heat and drought damaging your new plants.

Because autumn weather can be quite rainy and cool, trees and plants that subsist on less water may not have to be watered at all. However, that summer heat can be hard to shake, and newly planted trees still need plenty of water to establish. Be sure to regularly water new plants as they establish.

FGT Tip: Water all your new plantings thoroughly to ensure that they get a strong start. Continue to water as needed until the ground freezes, tapering off if the soil remains moist from rainfall or if your plant is drought-tolerant. If you're not sure when to water, just check the surrounding soil about 3 inches, and only water when this area is dry.

Planting for Fall

3. Stress-Free Planting

Fall planting means you and your plants enjoy less stress. Your new plants' roots will have more time to establish and focus on bigger, better growth for spring.

You won’t see much new growth from your fall-planted trees and shrubs in the first few months, but that's actually a good thing! Any new growth won't survive the winter, so planting for fall is all about developing strong, robust roots for spring.

FGT Tip: Mulching to protect your new trees and plants. Plants get cold too, right? Mulch acts as a cozy blanket for your plants when the temperatures drop, creating insulation and keeping young roots protected from winter chill. Mulch also preserves moisture so your plants won't dry out.

Planting for Fall

It's a no-brainer. Planning and planting your landscape in fall are both hassle-free, especially when you follow our tips. When you order larger trees and plants, it's even easier - they arrive with healthier, more-developed roots, which means they acclimate quickly and deliver results fast.

Grow above and beyond today, and reap the rewards, season after season. Check out a few of our fall favorites here! 

Blair Brown

Blair is the Content Marketing Manager at FastGrowingTrees.com, and though she's not your traditional gardener, the planting world is definitely growing on her (pun intended!). She's enjoyed digging into plant care and maintenance and growing her plant collection, especially with exotic indoor varieties.