Summer is almost over. Our hot afternoons are being sprinkled with bouts of cool days. But before the leaves begin to turn, there’s still time bring color into your garden.
Use these seven fall planting tips to make the most of your patio.
Choose the Best Plants at the Nursery
Now is not the time to start planting seeds. Look for healthy foliage. You want plants that don’t have roots creeping from the bottom of their containers. (This is a sign they are root bound.) Nor do you want to select plants that look limp. At the end of the season nurseries often put these on discount, but the dollars you save can end up being a waste if all the plants die.
Select Plants Based on Where You’re Planting
Take a close look at plant tags. They will tell you exactly what the plants you are considering need. This could include: full sun, partial sun, and full shade. You’ll want the needs of the plants you select to match the place you plan to plant them. This will give them the best opportunity to thrive.
Not all of your fall plantings will probably survive through the winter. But those that do will be hearty. Keeping this in mind, consider buying smaller, less expensive plants. They allow you to fill out beds without wasting money on plants which might die.
Be Sure to Feed Your Plants
When you plant at the end of summer, you need to give tend to your succulents like you would a new baby. This means feeding them a nutrient-rich diet. During the hot summer soil can easily become depleted. If you have a compost pile at home, mix in some of your fresh compost. Alliteratively, you can buy bagged compost at the nursery.
Soak Before You Plant
As hard as nurseries work to take care of their goods, the plants are still living in fragile containers. Prior to transplanting them, soak them thoroughly. This will loosen the roots and soil so you don’t break your new plants as you remove them.
Cut the Root ball
In tip one, we discussed not buying a root bound plant. This is essential. However, even if the plant isn’t root bound, its roots typically ball up some in the container. Prior to planting, be sure to cut the root ball into quarters to release the roots.
Have a Watering Plan
Whether you’re on watering duty, you’re setting up a soaker system or your hiring the kid next door, make sure you have a watering plan. It’s not uncommon we have a hot and sunny dry spell during September. You won’t want your plants to shrivel up and die from dehydration.
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