There’s a common misconception that planting season ends when the summer season comes to a close. But fall is such a beautiful season – there’s no reason you can’t hire a landscaping contractor to do some yard work for you. Keep up your home’s curb appeal with this guide on what to plant this month.
Why plant in the fall, anyway?
The fall season is the perfect segue from summer into winter. The weather is still nice and the temperature is mild enough for you to spend time outdoors, doing what you love. Not only is the fall season a more comfortable time to landscape, but it’s also beneficial for your garden. Here’s why:
- While the temperature cools off, the soil is still warm, which promotes growth.
- Fall preparation transforms into a beautiful, full blooming garden in the summer. That’s why you spend the fall season shopping for the right plants, and plant them toward the end of September through November.
- Rainfalls typically happen in the fall season, so you won’t have to spend as much time outdoors watering.
Bulbs are flowers with a short stem and fleshy leaves and thrive when planted in the fall. That’s because bulbs need a period of ‘dormancy’ to bloom. Once they’ve been planted this season, they’ll remain underground and bloom as the spring sun arises. How cool is that?
When it comes to bulbs, you have great selection to choose from:
- Crown imperial;
How to plant bulbs
Remember, your bulbs will be underground for several months before they’re in full bloom. Follow these steps to ensuring they’re properly planted now, so you can wake up to a lush garden in the spring. Using the right technique, you could have the best curb appeal on the entire street!
- When planting, choose an area where there’s lots of drainage. The bulbs will rot if there isn’t any.
- Large bulbs like tulips and daffodils should be planted about eight inches deep into the ground. Smaller bulbs should be planted about five inches deep.
- It’s human nature to want to plant the bulbs in a single row or line. Instead, follow what’s on the instructions!
- Once the bulbs are planted, cover them up with soil, then water it. They need to soak in as much moisture as they can before the cold, winter weather arrives.
Daffodils should be planted early in the fall because they need time to establish strong roots. Your other choice of bulbs should be planted in early November.
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New to gardening and planting? There’s no reason you can’t hire a landscaping contractor to check your property to make sure the land is suitable for fall planting.
Pansies are very colourful garden flowers that are built to withstand harsh winter weather. They’re meant to be planted in the fall because they bloom throughout the winter and spring.
While the flowers themselves may not look very attractive in the middle of winter, the spring bloom is when pansies come to life.
What pansies need before they’re planted
The winter weather may be friendly to pansies, but there are a few things you should do to ensure their health during the cool months:
- Plant them early in the fall season. They need time to establish with the ground.
- Ensure drainage. When the ice and snow melts, the excess moisture can affect the flowers. Be sure to plant them in an area where there is drainage to prevent water saturation.
If you want a more diverse group of flowers in your garden, why not speak to a landscaping contractor? They’ll know what type of plants can be planted together to give you a full and rich garden.
Perennials don’t refer to a specific type of flower or plant, like a tulip or hydrangea, but a plant that lives for longer than two years. If you’re prepping your garden in the fall and want it to last past the spring season, then perennials should be on the top of your shopping list.
How to plant perennials
Not all flowers are made the same; each flower and plant has a specific requirement in order for it to bloom. That includes perennials. Like bulbs and pansies, they too need to be planted in the fall to get acclimated with the ground.
- Don’t plant them too far into the ground. Two inches into the ground will do because they’ll need space to bloom.
- Water, water, water! Once your perennials are planted, water them regularly until the ground freezes up. Aim for about one inch of water once per week. The water will keep the perennials healthy long after the first snowfall.
Vegetable planting counts as a garden! Once you’re done perfecting your fall garden that’ll turn into a full-blown, blooming spring garden, focus your energies on doing some veggie gardening! Just like flowers, vegetables benefit from cool weather. Unlike flowers, however, is they should be planted very early in the season. If you haven’t planted them yet, get on it now!
The next time you head to a nursery, pick up seeds for these vegetables:
- Brussels sprouts;
- Swiss Chard.
Ready to plant?
Planting a vegetable garden is more work than planting bulbs. Having said that, we’ve laid out exactly what you need to do to grow your own vegetable garden. Follow our guide and you’ll have fresh, homegrown vegetables to look forward to next spring! We’ve even included some videos for good reference!
Need some help with your fall planting? This expert shares her expertise on harvesting your fall garden:
The fall season is a great time to meet with a landscaping expert to chat about your home’s exterior and get ideas on what can be done now as opposed to next year. Your home is a big investment, so why not invest in curb appeal to make your investment stand out and be as beautiful as possible? Check out our directory of landscaping and design contractors to find a contractor to work alongside you now!