Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s too late to plant. Extend the gardening season and get a jumpstart on spring by putting plants in the ground now.
To many, the arrival of Labor Day means summer is over, but for gardeners looking to stretch out the growing season, it signifies a new opportunity for planting. From early fall through most of November is one of the best times of year to plant spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season annuals and vegetables, as well as many trees, shrubs, and perennials.
WHY PLANT IN FALL?
- Still-warm soil promotes good root growth.
- Cool weather eliminates the threat of heat stress on new plants.
- Increased rains help plants establish stronger root systems before winter.
- Many pests and diseases that plague gardens in spring and summer aren’t as big of a threat in fall.