Is Spring or Fall the Best Time for Planting?
Let me tell you about a myth, the best time for planting is spring. Wrong, fall is a great time to garden! The weather is cooler and easier on plants, also easier on the gardeners.
We all love fall, the colors, the rain, the smell of clean air. Plants love fall too. Their roots and leaves aren’t stressed by the scorching sun and also require less watering.
Less watering means less maintenance. Your water bill won’t be that tremendous kink in your wallet. Your new fall planted plant will have sturdy roots come spring, less watering will be involved.
Water your plants in their pots a few days before digging and planting so they can soak up what they need before being dropped into the soil. This works well for perennials. Trees and shrubs on the other hand, water the soil in the hole you just dug in preparation to drop the tree with its root ball prepared by teasing it’s roots.
You can even wait and purchase a tree at 50% off at the beginning of fall and wait for it’s leaves to fall. Less resources needed to get this new tree started and alive over fall and winter. The roots will have chance to grow and secure over the winter. Less sun and water, that’s for sure.
Starting small is always a better choice from the plant or tree suffering from transplant shock. Also, easier to replace if they don’t make it through winter.
August and September are the best times for fall planting in the northern regions or higher elevations. Southern regions, you may be able to plant into December.
ps. This does not pertain to planting vegetables ;)