Fall is for Planting!
Warm, sunny days, cool nights and increased moisture make fall an ideal planting time for most specimens and in most locations. Not only will woody ornamentals become successfully established, but most perennials can be dug and divided at this time, as well. Autumn is also kinder to the summer-weary gardener... we somehow find ourselves renewed and reinvigorated by the crisp autumn weather, ready to tackle such daunting tasks as tree and shrub planting. Look around right now, as you travel about, and notice the Hydrangeas, Caryopteris (Blue Mist Spirea), fruiting Viburnums, Callicarpa (Purple Beautyberry), Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) and other late summer/ early fall beauties. Think back to the flowering dogwoods, crabs, beautybush and other such specimens you admired so much last spring. Think ahead to the crimson or burgundy foliage of Japanese maple, blueberry, Enkianthus, Fothergilla or Viburnum. Seek out the deciduous (winterberry) or evergreen (holly) members of the Ilex family, to attract birds and provide winter interest. Whatever your plant quest, chances are that you’ll be successful... while you may not find a specific variety, you will find an abundance of top-quality material during the fall.
Tips/Key Points to Consider this Fall…..
•Plan to succeed - success starts with a sensible plan
•Assess your area honestly - soil type/drainage/topography/exposure
•Plant choices - carefully weigh preferences against practicality
•Availability - somewhat limited selection may mean leaving space for spring additions
•Planting procedure - see Corliss catalog for balled & burlapped/container-grown plants
•The actual process - Importance of width & depth, soil amendments
•All-important water recommendations at planting time and beyond
•Employing mulches - types, depth, technique
•Essential winter protection measures for newly planted stock
•Dividing and transplanting perennials... ideal time is September 1st - October 15th
•Planting container-grown perennials continues well into fall.
A hot, dry summer with water bans in place in most communities, accounts for brown, drought dormant lawns all over the North Shore…increased fall moisture, dewy evenings, warm soils and and cooler ambient temperatures, should see most lawns responding with a gradual green-up
this fall. As rainfall increases, an application of organic lawn food will provide the gentle nudge toward healthier, thicker turf that your lawn needs right now. Consider a last feeding in
October/November with winter turf food to strengthen roots and keep that lawn thick and tight, No spaces = no room for weeds to become established, every gardener’s goal! Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty Ultra or our own Drought Reliable Mix may be just the deep-rooted tall fescue blends you should turn to this fall, as you pursue turf that thrives, despite drought and watering bans. Whether starting a new lawn from seed, over-seeding a thin lawn, or indulging in the instant satisfaction of a sod lawn, let us guide you through the proper procedure and provide you with our helpful guide to lawns. Stop by soon for all your spring bulbs from Holland, garden mums, ornamental cabbage and kale and all your fall garden decorative elements!