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FALL IS FOR PLANTING
Spoiler Alert – It may even be the best time for planting!
Spring is always such an exciting time to work at a garden center! Crazy, busy and often times overwhelming, but always exciting. The absolute best part of our job isn’t the amazing plants we get to work with, but your reactions to the plants we’ve picked! Every year you all make your spring pilgrimage to Lakeview. You oooh and ahhh over all of the new perennials, annuals and flowering shrubs. Simply put, it’s spring, and you can’t wait to get out and plant something. And it’s true, spring is a great time to plant, but what many people don’t realize is that fall is not only an equally good time to plant, in many ways it’s better.
Why fall is the best time for planting:
Fall really is the best time to plant shrubs, trees and perennials, yet when it comes to planting, many gardeners think spring is the best time.
– Initial root growth for plants installed in the fall is much stronger than spring installation because the roots get to take advantage of milder temperatures during the fall as opposed to spring planting and the harsh summer temperatures that follow.
– Fall has more rain than late spring and summer, More abundant rainfall means less watering for you and better root development for your plants. Additionally, fall planted shrubs, trees and perennials have two cool wet seasons (fall and spring) before the heat of summer sets in.
– Even when our daytime temperatures drop to freezing and below the ground temperatures will usually stay above 40 well into December which allows for continued root growth. Even if the plant is dormant above ground the roots can continue to establish when the ground temperatures are above 40 degrees.
– Flowering shrubs and perennials planted in the fall 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 almost always has to work harder to establish new root growth while simultaneously flowering, causing transplant shock and stress.
– Evergreens and non-flowering shrubs also benefit in the same way as they will have a better flush of new growth in the spring if they are planted in the fall because their initial root growth has already been established.
How late into the fall can you plant?
Fact is, if the ground isn’t frozen and you can still dig the hole, you can still plant. Planting in September and October however allows that much more time for plants to become established, so sooner is better.
Fall is Fantastic!
There is one more reason that fall is a great time for planting. Unlike a lot of garden centers that wind down for the year and clearance out all their summer stressed plants, Lakeview brings in lots of fresh new plants every fall, especially shrubs and perennials! Check out our new shipments arriving weekly. Planting them now will allow you to enjoy the foliage throughout all seasons, including color changes this fall.