Curb Appeal: Fall Planting

Dated: 10/03/2012

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Fall is not just harvest time in Nashville.
Did you know it's also the best time of the year for planting shrubs?
And ... that if you missed your chance to put a vegetable garden in the ground this past spring there are plenty of winter-hardy vegetables that go gangbusters when they’re planted in the fall?
It’s true, y’all.
Whether you want to soup up your yard before you put your house on the market (and you know who to call when you're ready for that ...) or you're just looking to do some late-year yard grooming, here's the scoop on fall planting.
Esteemed gardener Ray Allen explains, “If you plant a shrub in spring, it must acclimate itself to its new home and begin growing immediately. At the same time, it has to produce leaves, flowers, and then endure the rapidly arriving summer heat. Plant the same shrub in fall, and here’s what happens. It becomes happily dormant above ground soon after planting, but  the roots have several months to grow and become comfortable and strong in their new home.  Then when spring does arrive, the plant’s established and ready to put out strong leaves, new top growth, and lots of flowers. So the difference is obvious: Fall planting gives your plant’s roots a wonderful 'head start' over spring planting.”
So if you’re aiming for huge hydrangeas and healthy weigelas in the spring, both of these flowering shrubs will do best if they’re planted now-ish. Turf grasses, perennials, evergreens, and deciduous trees also benefit from a fall planting.
And here’s a list of cool-season veggies ready to take root now:

  • Beets

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Kale

  • Peas

  • Lettuce

  • Spinach

If you're a fall planter, what are your favorites to put in the ground this time of year?
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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