Across the spring! Autumn is the best season to plant new perennials, trees, etc. underground.
Garden chores in autumn usually include getting your garden ready for winter and raking fallen leaves. But if you only focus on removing leaves, you will miss a perfect planting opportunity. Cool temperature and other benefits make autumn an ideal time to add new plants to the landscape, divide perennial plants with weeds, and plant vegetable gardens in some areas for autumn and winter harvest. In addition, all these fallen leaves can well cover all your newly planted trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. Look at the top 10 reasons for autumn sowing in a new way, and then replace the rake with a shovel to start digging.

The following content also has some reference value for raised garden beds.

1. Mild weather
Warm, not hot days plus cool nights are the perfect forecast for building a new factory. Spring will suddenly become hot and dry, which often indicates the bad luck of fragile new plants. On the other hand, autumn weather is usually more stable and more likely to remain cool and rainy.

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2. Fewer pests
From hungry insects to plant diseases, the autumn on the front line of pest patrols is usually quiet. Many common garden pests complete their aboveground life cycle in late summer, thus reducing the problem of planting in autumn.

3. Less housework, more time
Yes, there are leaves to rake in winter, and the container garden can be emptied. However, unlike spring, spring usually has a mile long to-do list (such as lawn care, potted plants, planting, soil preparation, etc.). As plants begin to wither in winter, the list of chores in autumn is often much shorter. With more time, it will be easier to plant, transplant and care for new plants in autumn.
More time on your hands will also improve survival. When you water new potted plants, vegetables and annual flower beds at the same time, you are more likely to remember to water newly planted perennial plants or shrubs in autumn than in spring.

4. New factory transaction
Garden centers and specialty stores often discount plants at the end of the growing season. A big discount allows you to buy twice as many plants in the fall for the same dollar.

5. Long growth period
Planting in autumn provides several weeks for perennial plants, trees and shrubs to grow, and then plants go into dormancy in winter. When the local stems and branches stop growing, the root system is still expanding. The roots can grow at soil temperatures as low as 45 ° F. Water is essential for sustainable growth; Water the plants deeply every few weeks until the ground freezes. Trees, shrubs and perennials planted in autumn usually grow well in the hot summer of the following year.

6. Spend more time in your spring garden
The more spring garden tasks you complete in autumn, the more time you will spend in the garden next spring. Some perennial plants separated in autumn, as well as newly planted shrubs or trees, will give you more time to deal with other projects next spring.

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7. Planting spring colors in advance
Tulip, daffodil, crocus and other spring flowering small stem plants need to be planted before the ground freezes in autumn. Plan colorful bouquets for several weeks by planting bulbs that bloom in early, middle and late spring. Once the soil starts to cool, bulbs are usually planted in late September.

8. Extend the harvest
Cold season crops thrive in the cool autumn days, even in winter in some areas. Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peas, radishes, spinach and lettuce all grow well in autumn. In cool areas, these crops will be planted before early September and will provide antifreeze protection when the temperature drops.

9. Simple seed startup
Warm soil temperature and sufficient water in autumn can make seeds germinate quickly. This is why autumn is the best time to sow new lawn, fill the existing bare lawn, or even sow grass.

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10. Better recovery of split perennial plants
Most perennial plants can be easily separated and replanted in autumn. The soil temperature and weather in autumn will promote good root growth, because plants will take root in new planting sites. Success is ensured by watering perennials after transplantation and every two weeks until the ground freezes. The top is transplanted with a 6-inch leaf covering to increase winter protection.

December 01, 2022

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