Fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, grass seed and sod. Plants that are planted in the fall enjoy cooler temperatures and ideal growing conditions that allow roots ample time to establish into the surrounding soil.
Container grown plants & trees will have their roots growing in a circular pattern. You can use your fingers or hand cultivator to pull these roots out into an outward direction when planting into the ground to promote their establishment into the soil.
Trees that provide color in October include burning bush, viburnum, crape myrtles, October Glory maples, nandina, and sweet gum.
Pine trees, false cypress, arborvitae and other evergreens shed their interior needles and branchlets in October. This is a normal part of their growth process and no need to be alarmed.
Do not prune azaleas, rhododendrons and other spring flowering shrubs. They have already set their buds for next year’s blooms and pruning will only damage their flower buds.