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Sep 06

Autumn is the Time for Planting!

Posted on September 6, 2019 at 11:35 AM by Kelly Macejewski

We often think that spring is the time for planting as milder temperatures and fresh green growth tempts us into the garden. The best time to plant is actually Autumn! When you set out plants in the fall they have so many added benefits that allow them to get off to a stronger, more herbaceous start in the spring. Over the winter your plants will develop strong and deep roots to help them through the difficult and trying days of a Texas Summer.  
As an added bonus to setting out perennial shrubs and trees in the fall, the garden centers will have them on sale!

Planting Tips:

Whether you are planting annuals or trees, the most important thing you can do for your plantings is to break the root ball before setting your new plantings in the ground. Those tightly wound roots circling the pot must be broken free so that the plant can grow into the soil and develop as it should. Do not worry about damaging the roots when you break them apart from the ball. The plant will quickly regenerate new growth if you plant them in a soil liberally amended with compost. Add at least 6” to the soil and mix in.  No need to go deeper than 12” because 90% of a plants roots are in the top foot of soil. Water well, and add a slow release nitrogen source, alfalfa meal, corn gluten meal or nitrogen fertilizer of your choice. Mulch after planting and water again. Your little plants will be tucked in perfectly for winter and will perform fabulously!

Here's what to plant for Fall:

Annuals:
  • Pansies
  • Dianthus
(Plant these together! They bloom at slightly different times filling in for the other.)

Perennials:
  • Hardy Hibiscus - part shade
  • Day Lilies - sun to part shade
  • Ground covers - Creeping Charlie, Snow in Summer, Asian Jasmin, English Ivy, Mouse Eared Sedum
  • Wood Fern
  • Autumn Sedum
  • Lemon Ball Sedum
  • Blackfoot Daisy - sun to part shade
  • Purple Cone Flower - sun
  • Black and Blue Salvia - sun
  • Duel Burg Salvia - Augusta (white), Henry (purple) - sun
Trees:
  • Burr Oak
  • Mexican Oak
  • Cedar Elm
  • Chinquapin Oak
  • Red Bud
  • Crepe Myrtle
  • Texas Everbearing Fig

Shrubs:
  • Glossy Abelia
  • Rose Creek Abelia
  • Spirea
  • Texas Mountain Laurel - sun - blooms in spring - evergreen

Vegetables (at least 5 hours of sun):
  • Kale
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips 
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Garlic
Happy Gardening from your friends at Texas Pure Products!


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