Fall is the best time to plant spring bulbs because they need a period of cold dormancy to bloom in the spring. Plant bulbs in a sunny area with excellent drainage. Spring bulbs tolerate a variety of conditions, but damp soil is their kryptonite. Because bulbs will start blooming before leaves have sprouted on most trees areas that seem shady may actually provide enough sunlight for early spring bulbs.
Spring bulbs look spectacular when planted in large groups. They can be planted in trenches for a lush appearance or planted in holes. Consider using a bulb auger for each in large plantings. After bulbs are planted in the fall apply a fertilizer or slow release bulb food.
Then sit back, relax and be prepared for a lovely show of bulbs in the spring.
Cool Season Veggies
While most people think of gardening as a summer activity there are a number of vegetables that can be planted in early fall for a second harvest. Many of these varieties can happily survive frosts. The best options for fall planting are hardy, edible leaves and roots. Popular cool season veggies for Ohio include onions, peas, radishes, spinach, kale, bean, broccoli and collard greens.
Fall is the best time to establish new cool season grass, which is the most common type of grass in the Dayton, Ohio area. Grass grows best when planted based on periods of natural growth. In our area grass grows the most in spring and fall so those are also the best times to plant. Plant turfgrass when daytime highs are around 60-75 and at least 45 days before the first frost. Fall temperatures are not the only reason it’s the best season to plant grass. The traditionally wet Ohio fall season is also good for establishing roots.
Trees and Shrubs
Moderate temperatures and increased rainfall make fall in Ohio the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Planting in the fall allows them to establish a root system before the ground freezes. This way they will be ready to bloom in the spring.
Shrubs and trees are very hardy and will grow for a number of years. When choosing varieties it's important to consider what they will look like in the future. While that tree might be tiny now it could get quite a bit larger in the years to come. Consider the mature size when planting and leave enough room for future growth.
If you'd like help with fall planting contact Buckeye Landscaping and Oheil Irrigation to discuss what you'd like done, or give us a call at 937-432-9911.