Planting Fall Perennials

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Master gardener William Moss demonstrates how to plant your fall perennials, including how to prep the soil.

    William Moss: Colorful flowers will have to stop just because summer does. Many perennials don't even begin to shine until the cooler days of autumn arrive. Today we're planting fall perennials, let's get to it.

    As you can see this, garden has seen better days, it was great for summer, when the impatiens and the cleomies were doing that thing but now there are all kind of spin. We want to clear all these guys out and bring in some new plants especially somewhat else beautiful flower perennials. So we're just going to chop these guys right down, they did their job and now is over with. Pull up any of the weeds they may have come and grown in as well. All your summer bulbs and flowers can come up as well. You just want to get them off the ground and still in for later. Then you just want to rake the surface smooth. You can add flower color like asters, mums, lots of great fall blooming perennials that will back year after year. You want to place some onto ground, get an idea of how they're going to look. You want to dig the hole only as deep as the pot is. The plant doesn't want to be any deeper than that. Take the plant out of the pot and gently loosen the roots. Then back fill with soil. Once they're planted add about two inches of mulch around the plants. You've got everything mulched, then it's time to water. I want to make sure you water deeply when you plant and check them frequently to make sure that they stay moist, especially if the weather has been dry. You need to stay all top of the watering for about two weeks or so until they get established. A check at lily garden center will show you there is still a lot going on this season. Plant fall perennials for color now, and many autumns to come. Get out and grow.