Fall planting time is here, and since there are so many advantages in favor of a greater amount of planting at this time of year, it is difficult to understand why so many gardeners think they have to wait until spring to set out most trees, shrubs, and perennials.
If you have vacant places in your shrub border, you are planning a new shade tree for your lawn, or if you have the problem of landscaping a new house ahead of you, now is the time to get a head start for the next year.
Getting Enough Help And Advice From Horticulturists
At this time of year, most horticulturists will be able to give you more attention, more help, and better service.
They are not as busy as they will be next spring when everyone wants to plant.
If the nursery of your choice is close enough to drive to it, you can see the plants growing and choose those best suited to your needs.
Then you can have them delivered as soon as you need them.
‘Tis The Ideal Time For Transplanting And Root Development
Many gardeners fail to realize that while the top growth of plants is limited to the warmer season of the year, root growth continues over a much longer period.
One of the big problems in transplanting trees and shrubs is re-establishing sufficient root growth to maintain the top.
Thus, every reason for transplanting at the time of year will favor root development as opposed to top growth. Fall is the ideal time.
Great For Re-Establishing The Trees’ Feeder Roots
A tree planted this fall will be able to re-establish feeder roots during the winter months, thus compensating for those roots broken or damaged in transplanting.
Then, too, the newly planted tree will be off to an early start, absorbing plant food for the top growth that will develop in the spring.
When you wait until spring to transplant, the top growth often starts as soon or sooner than the root growth.
Naturally, this places a heavy burden on roots that have been damaged, even with the most careful transplanting job. But don’t forget to water until the ground freezes hard.