What To Plant

Fall is a great time for branching out! Spring isn’t the only time to expand your landscaping horizons. The cool days and warm soil of autumn give all kinds of trees, shrubs, and bulbs a great start. And when you add a little greenery to the scenery, the value of your home blossoms. Plan on planting this fall.  

  • Fall planting is especially beneficial for the biennial, old-fashioned favorites such as hollyhock and bachelor buttons.  Planting them now allows them to establish a full root system before swelling in spring to produce huge healthy spikes of blooms beautiful color.  Biennials require a portion of 2 years in order to mature and produce flowers.  Planting them in fall is the most efficient use of the calendar to get these plants to bloom in the shortest amount of time.

  • Get a start on winter vegetables and flowers.  The earlier you set out your cool crops, the better.  Cabbage and broccoli will grow especially large if started now.  Lettuces are another good choice, plant carrots or radishes from seed.

  • Plant sweet peas this month and next for bouquets of fragrant blooms in the spring. Sweet peas require a good support since they love to climb. It also makes it easier to pick them. Choose sturdy trellises or supports of chicken wire. Set out snail bait to protect the young plants once they break the soil level.

  • Sow flower seeds. Many wildflowers and spring annuals grow from seeds scattered now. Try California poppy, Bachelor Button, Alyssum and Clarkia.

  • Plant autumn blooming Chrysanthemums. Drop by and choose from purples, butterscotch, rust, maroon, yellow, white, red, and gold. Mums are excellent in containers and planted ‘en masse’ in the flowerbed. Don’t forget to decorate your front entry with cornstalks, pumpkins, gourds and colorful chrysanthemums. Continue the harvest theme indoors with bowls heaped with mini pumpkins, gourds, colorful Indian corn and more.

  • Plant bulbs in the fall for spring flowers.  Plant ranunculus and anemones as soon as you can get them in the ground.  The same applies for Bearded Iris. Other bulbs like tulips and hyacinth need six weeks of chilling in the refrigerator before planting. Plant them in November. Plant holiday favorites now. Plant hollies and other berry producing shrubs for winter decoration indoors and out. Try pomegranates and persimmons for ornamental and edible fruit.

Plant Nutrition

  • Fall is a great time to refresh the soil in your vegetable garden especially if you are planting a Winter garden.  Bumper Crop, Gold Rush or Paydirt will replenish the fertility of your soil as well as enhance the texture.  Bumper Crop and Gold Rush are 15% Chicken, Paydirt is 40% Chicken. 4 bags of Gold Rush or Bumper Crop per 100 square feet, or 2 bags of Paydirt will do wonders to boost fertility and yield.

  • Hydra Blue is an acidifier for lowering the pH of soils. It is used extensively to turn Hydrangeas blue. Dig some into the soil around your hydrangeas this fall for a “bluer” spring.

  • Master Nursery Formula 49 is the perfect fertilizer for everything in the garden. This year round use, all purpose fertilizer is organic based and non-burning and it can be used on evergreen shrubs during the winter season. It will turn your lawn a rich green color without rapid growth. Contains ammonic and organic nitrogen derived from ammoniated phosphates, ureaform and chicken manure.

  • Feed your lawn monthly. In October begin applying Masters’ Fall & Winter Feed.  It’s a critical time to nourish the lawn and keep it green and healthy through the fall and winter. If the lawn’s not green by Thanksgiving it will be hard to “green up” before the warmer temperatures of spring.


  • With a bit of care and concern shown to your roses now, you will be able to enjoy their beauty long after most flowers have stopped blooming. Autumn roses are something special. Their colors seem to deepen and reflect the changes of the season. Water on a rising temperature. As the temperatures cool cut back on frequency but not the quantity of water applied. Remove any fallen foliage to protect your roses from diseases. Feed roses now. They can take up food for two months before leaf drop.

  • Bring in houseplants that have summered outdoors before the nights get too cool. Wash them off thoroughly with warm water.

  • This is the best time to take control of wild blackberry vines. Spraying them now while the heat is on and they are preparing for dormancy is most effective.

  • Cut back ivy and zonal geraniums early September while they still have warm weather to fill out and create a protective canopy before frost hits.