Fall offers superior planting conditions
Do you have a green thumb, but feel like you're out of time to plant? Well, the end of summer doesn’t always mean the end of gardening season. As our Elyse Mickalonis explains, experts say the fall may just be the best time to get your planting done.
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STATEWIDE -- This year’s drought wreaked havoc on many plants across the state, and with colder weather approaching you may be giving up on gardening, but experts say don’t.
“Most trees and shrubs can be planted this time of the year. You’ve got good moisture from now until next summer,” said Jim Hoteling, Hillside Garden Center.
They say many people think the spring is the best time for gardening, but that the fall can offer your plants a lot for growth.
“Early fall planting with cool nights is great for getting roots established. Root establishment is a primary thing, even though a plant may not be growing at the top, it may look like it’s going down hill, the roots are still growing,” said Hoteling.
Hoteling suggests using a root stimulating fertilizer to better ensure growth. He says if you’re looking for something to bloom during the fall, you also have a few options.
“There are some hardy garden mums, we have some varieties here, they might not look as nice as garden mums but they’re much more hearty and come back year after year,” said Hoteling.
Experts say it’s also important to remember to prepare flowers and trees you’ve already planted for the fall.
“You get some tricky things like hydrangeas that you want to mulch a little bit, sometimes roses may be tricky," added Hoteling. "Another thing to keep an eye out for is indoor tropical plants you bring outside, you’ve got to make sure you get those in before the first good hard freeze."
And if you're looking to go pumpkin picking, Hoteling says you may be able to start soon, because the early spring and summer we’ve had, has caused them to start turning orange in some areas already.