by Beth Cook, Mammoth Cave Transplants
Signs of fall are here. Cool temperatures, falling leavings, and budding mums just to mention a few. Many people view fall as the end of the growing season, but most don't realize that fall is actually an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs and perennial flowers.
Planting in the fall gives roots plenty of time to become established before the next growing season begins. Beginning in late September through November or until the first signs of frost is the best time for fall landscaping. The increase in rainfall and cool temps, less watering is needed.
Here are a few tips for planting trees and shrubs in the Fall:
Fall is also a good time to divide and transplant perennials. This will give them ample time to get established to look good for next spring and summer. 1-2 days before dividing, water really well and cut foliage back to 6” or half the plant to make the process easier. Plants that will love you for dividing them include: Astilbe, Hostas, Daylilies, Iris, Peony, Coneflower, Poppies, Black Eyed Susan, Garden Phlox, Beebalm, Coreopsis.
Happy Planting from Mammoth Cave Transplants!