We LOVE September. We get our town, our lakes and our mountains back from the throngs of visitors. We relish this quieter time of year with warm days, cool nights and the chance of interesting weather (we are expecting light frost Thurs.-Sun.) We have promoted "Fall is for Planting" for decades and many still don't understand why... so we often do our best to pretend September is just late-summer (it really kind-of is). This year we EMBRACE Autumn! The harbingers of fall color (Amur maple) are turning, the Asters are blooming, bulbs have arrived in the shop and we are entering the BIG "sweet-spot" of the gardening season with 2 full months of planting ahead of us. Our "frost-free period" (noaa) is July 15-Aug 15. That puts 9/1 on par with 7/1 and October equates to May. As we all know, April and November can either be warm or wintery and usually both. In fall the soils are still warm and are usually still gaining heat until early / mid-November. Deciduous trees like maples, aspen and crabapples initiate ~80% of their annual root-system expansion in fall... after they lose their leaves. To do this they need warm soil and moisture (you may need to water). Early snow insulates the soil and promotes extra root growth. For plants in our climate to survive and thrive, they need massive root-systems. Most of what we do concerning planting and care is in order to produce wider and deeper root-systems. Fall is THE best time to do this. Fall IS for planting.
The next few nights of light frost combined with dry conditions should spell EXCELLENT fall color in the landscapes this year.
Sale: ALL #5g Lilacs: 34.99-39.99 @ 19.99
All #1g Lilacs 6.99
18lb Organic & Nitrogen 8-1-1 Fertilizer (Great early fall, late summer feeding for ALL plants) reg 29.99 for $19.99
Out Fall Sale (9/3-9/14 was quite busy, sign-up for our occasional newsletters if you're interested in sales, specials and seasonal advice)
Posted on Thu, September 3, 2015
by Eric Larusson filed under