But fall is a great time to plant. Sure, the air is getting colder, but the soil is still warm. Your garden’s soil is actually warmer now than it is in the spring. That means that with the right care, roots will happily grow right up until the ground freezes.
Fall has its share of rainy days, which means free drinks for your garden friends.
And fall’s cooler weather is perfect for outdoor chores.
What can you plant in the fall? Just about anything. Here are five ideas to get you started:
Fall Planting Idea #1: Spring Bulbs
If you want colorful tulips, cheerful daffodils and fragrant crocus in the spring, you have to plant the bulbs in the fall.
Plant several varieties with different bloom times, and you’ll enjoy flowers throughout the spring season. Tulips, daffodils and iris are common, but try a few new varieties to spice things up, including snowdrops, hyacinth, anemone, allium or frittilaria.
Fall Planting Idea #2: Trees And Shrubs
Plant trees and shrubs in the fall and they’ll have all of autumn to develop their root system, giving them a head start in the spring. Then they can hunker down and rest a bit during the winter before spring brings a rush of new growth.
Keep newly planted trees or shrubs well watered until the ground freezes, so they get a good drink heading into winter dormancy.
Fall Planting Idea #3: Perennials
Any perennial you’d plant in the spring will be just as happy with a fall installation. Some perennials are especially happy with fall planting, including peonies.
Again, don’t forget the water: Fall-planted perennials need at least an inch of water once a week, right up until the ground freezes.
Fall Planting Idea #4: Autumn Landscape Favorites
It wouldn’t be fall without colorful mounds of mums and ruffly purple, white and green ornamental kale. Don’t forget pansies, which look like delicate spring blossoms but are surprisingly frost-hardy.
Fall Planting Idea #5: Cool-Season Vegetables
Don’t give up on home-grown salad yet. Cool-season vegetables will tolerate a light frost, thrive in short daylight hours and perform best with mild temperatures. Some vegetables even taste better when nipped by a light frost.
You can sow seeds for spinach five weeks before the first frost. Spinach loves the short days and cool, moist weather of fall even more than spring. An established spinach crop will last well into winter and can survive temperatures down into the 20s.
Plant radish seeds four weeks before the first frost. Radishes grow quickly, so check them often. You’ll be crunching them 25 to 50 days after you get the seeds in the ground.
Let Neave Help With Your Fall Planting
So many options for fall planting — and Neave can help with all of it.
Need some new perennials? Neave Landscaping experts can help you decide what type of perennials work best in your outdoor space.
Thinking about some new trees and shrubs? Our professional arborists will help you select the ideal trees for your property, and our expert installation teams will make sure the job is done right.
Once your landscape is planted, let Neave care for your plants with routine maintenance. Our landscape pros will check your flowers, trim them and inspect for diseases or infestations.
Neave offers a terrific tree maintenance program, too. Whether it’s routine maintenance, such as pruning and trimming, or emergency services that involve disease and infestation control, we’ve got you covered.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley, call us at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
Yes, there’s a nip in the air. But don’t give up on your garden yet. You can still get your hands plenty dirty.