Is your home’s landscaping a little tired this fall? Turns out, now is the ideal time to place new plants for a landscape that will dazzle come spring! Planting now allows roots to take hold and grow strong throughout the winter months, especially here in Metro Atlanta, where the ground never freezes. Amp up your home’s landscaping curb appeal this fall with a mix of bulbs, shrubs, trees, and perennials.
The cooler fall months are the ideal time to plant perennials. Unsure what makes a plant a perennial? These are plants that come back year after year, as opposed to annuals – like marigolds or geraniums – that must be replaced each spring or summer. The most popular perennials in the south are hostas for shady areas and knock-out roses for areas with full sun.
Plant any kind of tree in the fall for a well-established, strong plant when spring brings warmer temperatures and the good growing season. It may not look like much is going on, but trees planted in the fall have time to stretch out their root systems. Above the soil, the plant is dormant, devoting all its energy to growing underground, getting ready for spring sunshine and rain.
Are you looking for low-maintenance, high impact plants to spruce up the areas near your front porch? Add boxwoods, azaelas, or hydrangeas this fall, careful to leave plenty of growing room between them. The great thing about fall planting is that you can save money by buying a smaller plant, allow its roots to flourish throughout the cold season, and sit back next spring as they grow and bloom. With a little bit of seasonal pruning, these shrubs will continue to thrive year after year.
Seeing the first flowers of spring always brings a smile; it’s the first physical sign that warmer temps are on the way. This fall pick a few strategic places on the edges of your flower beds for bulbs that bloom first come spring. Daffodils, crocus, and tulips are great choices. You’ll love seeing them pop up in the earliest days of spring, the first bit of color to usher in the new season.
Protect New Plants
It’s important with each new planting to protect the roots with a one-inch layer of mulch or pine straw. Water regularly while the warm weather continues in Metro Atlanta, then let mother nature take over as the late fall/early winter rainy season begins. When spring rolls in, your home’s landscape will flourish and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood! Have fun out there playing in the dirt this fall!
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