On Your Side: Fall Planting Facts

By: Jeff Anderson Email
By: Jeff Anderson Email

News 12 at 6, October 8, 2007

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Many of you probably think spring is the best time to do your gardening and lawn care. However, there is a lot you may not realize you should be doing during the fall.

The fall is a great time to do gardening, planting and lawn care. You can always plant some winter plants, but to be honest, you can plant just about anything.

Fall is here and that means winter is on the way and it's time to ignore your garden and lawn. Right? Wrong.

For your lawn, it all starts with fertilizer. Roy Kibler and his staff probably put more fertilizer on the North Augusta soccer fields than you do at home.

"Our soccer fields we get a lot of play, a lot of wear," Kibler said.

But Roy says you should be feeding your lawn about this time with a winterizer to keep unwanted visitors in check come spring.

"You really need to do it spring and fall, so you have year-round control for weeds," Roy said.

And, for planting flowers, trees and shrubs, Southern Landscaping’s Alyson Jennings says fall is the best time to plant just about anything. "Our ground doesn't really freeze so when you plant in the fall it has a chance to set roots," she said.

That means if you want a bunch of color come spring, it's time to do a little prep-work. Prep-work in the form of some fall plantings.

When you're buying potted plants, you are going to want to break up the roots a little bit to make sure the plant has a chance to grow.

And, after you dig your hole, take a little of that clay or sand in your soil and mix it with some potting or top soil and use that to put around your plant. That will provide some extra nutrients and help your plant maximize their potential.


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