Planting Tips for a Beautiful Garden in the Fall

Just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean we should put away the trowel and shovel among other gardening implements.

In fact, it is the perfect season to make a few additions to your garden. For starters, you can begin with cool season annuals such as snapdragons, kale, stocks and pansies.

homegardenadviceIn particular, think about adding cold-hardy pansies as they not only offer color during the fall, they can handle the winters well too. And just as snow melts with the season of spring in the air, they begin to bloom again.

This is also a good time to plant perennials, shrubs and trees too. The reason for this are the conditions – air being cooler and the soil being as warm as possible. Just keep in mind that you have to pick plants that are best suited to growing conditions while giving them room to mature on their own.

Ensure that you plant trees in such a way that the root flare is even with the soil. As for shrubs, make sure that you plant shrubs so that the crown is even with the soil. Unlike trees, the mulch should be kept away from shrubs.

Apart from this, you can plant bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths among others to add extra color to your garden. Plant them when the nighttime temperatures are between 40 to 50 degrees.

Finally, plant a few short season vegetables after counting the days from the time you plant to the first fall frost. Some of these options include spinach, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, carrots and radishes. These veggies not only grow quickly but are also tolerant of the cool weather too.