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The reasons to plant in the fall are many!

When the temperature starts to drop at this time of year most people think that it is time to mow the lawn for the last time, rake leaves and then put away their gardening tools until spring. Autumn really is the best time to plant most trees shrubs and perennials. It is the only time to plant spring flowering bulbs such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils.  

The reasons to plant in the fall are many. For one the soil usually is easier to work than in the spring when rains are more frequent. Another is that while the tops of most trees, shrubs and perennials are going dormant, their roots continue to grow and become established over the winter. This means that when spring comes the plants start to grow normally, because they aren’t forced to try to grow new roots and foliage at the same time. In fact fall planted specimens usually surpass their spring planted counterparts the first growing season. Another reason would be spring blooming shrubs and perennials will bloom at their normal time and general for a longer period of time than those that are trying to get over the shock of being planted and blooming at the same time. Finally, the weather is quite comfortable for working outdoors, so it makes it a pleasant chore for the gardener.

So before you put away your gardening tools for the season look around your property get some of your planting projects done this fall. You will be pleased you did next spring.

Posted by Rick Pudwell at 10:20 AM


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