Fall Is A Great Season To Begin Planting
While it doesn’t feel much like it today, fall is quickly approaching. Warm days and cooler nights change the chemical production in trees bringing on the vivid fall colour displays we experience in the Toronto area. While you might think this indicates that it’s not a good time to plant, it’s actually a wonderful time to plant. Trees and shrubs can be successfully planted until the ground freezes. Perennials need some time to settle in before the soil freezes, but can be successfully planted until late October. Cooler overnight temperatures and morning dew reduce the need to water as frequently as in the dog days of summer.
Fall is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. Tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths and alliums are only available for a few short months. The selection dwindles quickly around Thanksgiving, so now is the time to plan your spring bulb display to ensure you get the flowers you want in the spring. Tulips come in a large variety of colours, shapes and sizes. You can create a wonderful display with just tulips by planning to use early blooming, mid-season blooming, and late season blooming tulips. Of course, adding other spring flowering bulbs can add a wow factor to the display if done properly. There are a few other specialty bulbs that are only available at this time of year. This might be the year to add fritillaria, iris reticulata or muscari to your display.