From fresh air and low-impact exercise to the delight of watching something you’re tending grow, gardening can be incredibly rewarding. It can add color to your outdoor living space. And, it can help you create a quiet refuge just for you.
Use these tips to get the most out of your garden this fall.
Never Buy Root-Bound Plants
During the fall and winter, nurseries often put unsold plants, shrubs, and trees on sale. The problem is, many of these plants have been in their containers for too long, causing them to become root-bound. Even if it looks great in the nursery, a root-bound plant is typically a dud. This means it will never truly grow and develop. Don’t waste your money or energy on them.
Opt for Smaller
Smaller plants (those sold in 4-inch pots) are typically less expensive. They are also easier to handle. You don’t have to heft nearly the size pot or dig nearly the size hole as you would for a larger plant. Additionally, the smaller plants will catch up with the larger ones in your yard during the winter rains.
Feed Your Plants
Make sure to feed your plants. When they are first planted, plants are at their most vulnerable. Giving them some fertilizer when you plant them will help them thrive.
Follow the Planting Recommendations
Plant tags aren’t just there for fun. They tell you what growing conditions each plant needs to thrive. This includes how much or little sun they need.
Breakup the Root Ball
While you have already avoided buying a root-bound plant, you don’t want your plant to become root-bound once you plant it. Make sure to break up the root ball before you put it in the ground. Typically, the best way to do so is by taking a sharp knife and cutting an x in the bottom of the root ball.
Give Your Plants Room
Buying smaller plants doesn’t mean you should plant them closer together. It might look good when you initially arrange your plants. Unfortunately, by the next season your plants will have grown so much they will no longer have enough space to thrive. Make sure to plant them with adequate room to grow.