Fall is great for planting and some dividing

Wed. Aug. 24, 2016

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Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs.  They love the warm soil and cooler air.  They also still have plenty of time to scoot their roots down deep into the soil.  For easy growing, Rugosa roses are a good choice.   A hybrid rugosa suggested by the University of Minnesota is ‘Blanc Double De Coubert’.

'Blanc Double De Coubert'
‘Blanc Double De Coubert’

Hardy to zone 2 this blindingly white rose offers blooms throughout the season.  They’re also very fragrant. The bushy shrub grows to about 5 feet tall.  And it’s disease resistant.

My carpet roses have been outstanding as have my Easy Elegance roses!  They, too, can be planted in the Fall.

Carpet roses
Carpet roses
Carpet roses 8-16
Carpet roses 8-16
Easy Elegance 'Kashmir' and 'High Voltage'
Easy Elegance ‘Kashmir’ and ‘High Voltage’

Be sure to water new plantings up until the ground freezes.  An inch a week is the general rule of thumb but if it’s really dry, don’t be afraid to give them more.   You can plant most perennials in the Fall.

It’s a great time to divide your daylilies right after their flowers are spent.  Cut the foliage back to about 5 inches, using a garden fork to dig up the whole plant will not damage as many roots.  Check for any problems, you want the roots to be plump, white and insect free.  Slice your plant up, making sure you have viable roots, eyes, tubers or buds on each section.  You can slice through daylilies.  Place the plant in the soil so the crown (the portion where the stem and root meets) is one inch below the ground line. Water thoroughly after planting. A winter mulch of straw or shredded leaves helps ensure against winter injury for un-established plants. Water well.  Those beauties below need to be divided.  I have some beautiful red ones to.  The plants are 3 full season old and they’re huge!

yellow lilies 2016

If you buy plants, check their roots.  Go ahead and pull them right out of the pot to see what you’re getting.  Better safe than sorry.  A couple of tips to help:  water your plants well the day before, have your other planting hole already dug and incorporate a shovelful of compost.  Keep them watered till the ground freezes and mulch with a couple inches of compost or wood chips.  After the ground freezes you can add more mulch.

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