If you’re looking to work on your Augusta, GA, garden, when should you get down to work so your plants survive and thrive?
Is fall really the best time of year for landscaping, or does the time of year make no difference?
The first basic principle to consider is super simple: Plants, shrubs, and flowers all flourish when the weather is just about right. You don’t want the stifling heat of a Georgia summer, and neither do you want the temperature too low.
It’s natural to be impatient to get some landscape work done as soon as spring rolls around. Avoid this temptation because it’s not necessarily the best time of year to break out the tools. Spring is a volatile season. If you have fledgling plants and flowers, they won’t respond well at this stage to an unexpected downpour or a fierce burst of wind and early frost.
The latter part of summer makes a great time to start planting as long as you pay enough attention to watering, which leads up to fall and landscaping duties.
Two primary reasons make fall the ideal season for landscaping:
- Cooler temperatures
- Lower humidity levels
If you plant trees and perennials at this time of year, they find it easier to set down their roots and get ready for spring. If you plant during the spring, the root system will not establish enough for optimum performance over the summer months.
Getting the timing dialed in is only part of the problem, though. What you plant is just as crucial to your overall success as when you get to work.
In most cases, plants die during the first year because of improper planting or insufficient watering. Seldom do insects or disease wreak havoc during the first year. By taking care of this in the fall, you’ll maximize your chances of success.
If you get itchy fingers and try to undertake planting outside of fall, you need to be careful. But during fall, you’ll be able to plant pretty much anything that takes your fancy. With soil temperatures just right and moisture levels favorable, you’re free to get creative.
Cold, tolerant annuals make a smart choice with winter on the horizon. Fall is also a good time of year to divide your perennials and to replant them.
If you want some further inspiration, check out our 7 fall landscape ideas ideal for any Augusta garden.
And, to round out, here are some straightforward landscape pointers for fall:
- Watering: Make sure to water your plants regularly in the fall. By giving plants adequate hydration at this stage, they’ll be much better placed to survive over the coming winter with chilly and drying winds to contend with
- Mulching: If you take the time to insulate plant roots with several inches of mulch, this will conserve the roots while also allowing them to thrive as the temperature fluctuates
- Pruning: Don’t forget to remove any broken or rotten branches. Again, this will strengthen your shrubs for the ravages of winter looming