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Fall Planting Beneficial Start For Next Year

Just wait, you can't put the tools away yet? Fall is the time when most of us pack up our tools, clean and stored properly. However: we fail, to realize fall is the best time to grow some vegetable and plants that thrive well during this time of year. There are many different plants, vegetables, and perennials that are planted in the fall. To the avid gardener, there is nothing more rewarding than planting different varieties all year and enjoy the pleasure of fall planting.
   First and foremost, I love this time of year-not to hot not to cold and your plants love also, no stress from the heat. If you take the time to plant hardy perennials during the 50-degree weather they can focus on root development. Don't be surprised if you don't see much happening to the plant. The real work is underground. The plants are developing feeder roots. These are the roots that will be ready to bring water and nutrients to the top of the plant in the spring and give your garden a good head start. Make sure you give the plants ample time to adjust to the soil. You should allow six to eight weeks for trees and shrubs and four to six weeks for perennials and ornamental grass. A good rule of thumb is to plant by the end of August.
    The cooler daytime temperatures and mild nights you can reduce the amount of water. When planting in the fall make sure the plant gets a good drink all the way to the bottom of the roots. Then keep an eye on them and water as needed. Not too much and not too little. Always plant in a well-drained area. Overwatering or the lack of drainage can cause many problems.
   No need to fertilize until spring! How easy is that? Fertilizing this late in the year could stimulate a flush of tender growth that will not have time to harden before winter. As cold weather arrives the roots could get damaged by the cold temperatures. Stop fertilizing all your plants by September 1. This allows the plant's plenty of time to comfortably harden off and enter the dormant stage for winter.         
   Most garden centers and nurseries will have plants for sale at discounted prices this time of year. Be sure to look over the plants carefully for signs of pest or disease damage, and don't buy anything that looks unhealthy or improperly cared for. Also, put some mulch around the roots. The mulch will help maintain even soil temperatures and resist root heaving that occurs after repetitive freezing and thawing of the ground

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