Fall Landscaping and Planting In New England
Many people look to Spring when they think about their planting and landscaping. BUT Fall is a great season to plant and shouldn’t be overlooked! Just know your Zones and do your research on plants that will take well in our climate here in New England. Most regions of New England are considered either zone 5 or zone 6.
So why Fall?
There is enough rainfall in the fall season and less risk of heat stress on plants due to lower daytime temperatures. Let’s not forget that the soil in Autumn is warmer also and this allows the roots of the plants to grow until the ground freezes which sets the plants up for success for Spring. These three conditions can help make your plants thrive.
Fall plantings are better equipped to cope with hot and dry condition of the following summer, as well. The reason? Their root systems are better able to capture water and nutrients. Our loam and topsoil can be used to ensure proper moisture retention and help the plants grow strong.
Of course, we can’t talk about all of these practical reasons without talking about the aesthetics of Fall planting. Plants in the fall are beautiful! Many trees and shrubs show off their bright and beautiful colors while their berries and stems offer their own vibrant colors. Want to help your local wildlife? The fruits and berries of these fall plantings provide food for birds and other animals in what can be a time of food scarcity. Our natural stones and river rocks can help create an environment for good drainage, make great bedding, and also add some beauty to your Autumn plantings.
Planting bulbs in the fall can also guarantee a colorful spring with blooming flowers. Ideally, you should plants the bulbs six to eight weeks before average time the ground freezes . Do not plant bulbs after the ground has frozen. Grape hyacinths, daffodils, iris, tulips and daylilies are all excellent choices for New England’s climate. Once your bulbs are cozy and tucked in for the winter, nature will do the rest of the work for you. You can look forward to flowers in the Spring!
And for one more Autumn planting idea that goes beyond the decorative landscaping plants, some vegetables planted in the Fall will be ready for spring harvest such as garlic, carrots, beets, radishes, pumpkins, squash, and peas.
Fall doesn’t have to mean that you retire your “Green Thumb”. Give us a call at Diversified Services for supplies you may need for your Fall planting (mulch, loam, rocks for the garden!) Call Tim at 401-741-1875 today!