Monday, October 19, 2009

Common Questions About Planting

We have been taking advantage of the wonderful fall weather to plant! We have brought in big loads of beautiful perennials, shrubs, and trees! It's always good to walk through the nursery at different times during the year so you can see what looks the best in each season, so you can be sure to get those colors in your own yard!

Here are a couple common questions about planting that we have been hearing over the past twomonths. It is always good to get a refresher even if you had previously heard about these!

#1. Can I plant in the fall?

It is a common misconception that you have to plant things earlier in the season, when it's warmer outside. Fall is one of the most wonderful times to plant! Not only is the weather easier for one to work in, it is also easier and more welcoming to new plantings. When you plant something when temperatures cool, you may only have to water it a few times (rather than an entire season) before it goes into winter dormancy. It allows for a lot less stress on the plant, and a lot less work for you! Plants will continue to root in through the winter months giving the plant a good head start for the next season. As long as you are able to dig a hole, you are able to plant!

#2.What is the best way to plant?

Here is our recommendation. Dig the hole 6-12 inches deeper than the pot the plant is in and about 6 inches wider all the way around. Line the bottom of the hole with compost (we have a wonderful planting compost), fill the hole 1/2 way with water, place your plant in center of hole, then backfill with 50% compost/50% native soil. This allows for the best possible environment for new plantings, especially if you have tough soil conditions.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
~Albert Camus

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