Summer is winding down, kids are back in school, and your summer garden is in full bloom. Therefore, now is the time to plan and prepare your fall garden and give your lawn a head start for spring. So, as the leaves begin to turn and the weather cools, follow these tips to get the most out of your fall gardening.
The Best Fall Weather Plants
Wondering what to grow in your garden or around your home as fall begins? Here are a few suggestions.
- Sasanqua Camellias
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green Onions
- Blue Fescue
- “Morning Light” Miscanthus
- Oak Leaf Hydrangea
- Japanese Maple
3 Autumn Garden Secrets
1. Plant Grass to Avoid Weeds
Did you know that weed seeds do not germinate in the fall? This means that you can plant grass in the fall and give your lawn a chance to get started without competition from weeds. By the time spring comes, your turf will be hearty and able to overpower weed seeds germinating in the spring. The cool rainy weather that comes in the fall also helps grass seed grow before winter hits.
2. Save Money Fertilizing
As the air cools and the ground remains warm, plants focus their energy on root growth. Therefore, fertilizing in the fall requires half the time and money that you would spend in the spring or summer since plants use fertilizer more efficiently in the fall. The healthy root systems developed in the fall will also make your plants more robust and drought resistant in the spring and summer.
3. Plant You Favorite Spring Bulbs
Fall is the only time that you can plant spring-blooming bulbs. Share a bulk order with neighbors to bring the price down to about 50 cents a bulb. When is the right time to plant bulbs exactly? The perfect time to plant is when night temperatures are consistently 40-50 degrees, which is about the same time crickets stop chirping. Simply loosen soil and, as a general rule, plant big bulbs 8 inches deep and smaller bulbs 5 inches deep for beautiful blooms in the spring.
Don’t forget, fall is also a great time to check in with your Cole Harrison agent to make sure that you are properly insured before winter hits. Contact your Cole Harrison agent today.