Fall is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs when they have become dormant. When soil temperature is above 40 degrees, the plant’s roots will grow which means for us here in the south, we can generally plant through November as the temperatures continue to hover above 40. This will help the plant develop an expanded root system which will be able to support the new growth to come when spring hits.
Go through and clean out your garden beds or containers by pulling out any spent plants and/or dead branches. Clean out these areas to make space for new fall annuals. Don’t forget to deadhead spent flowers as many will continue to bloom well into the early fall.
Begin thinking about how you plan to protect your plants from the coming frost and cold. There are many ways ranging from covering them with a sheet and adding a shop lamp or old fashioned Christmas lights for warmth to building a temporary greenhouse large enough to accommodate your needs. The type of protection you need depends mainly on the quantity and location of your plants. If they are easily movable and few in number, bringing them into a garage or covering them with a sheet may do the trick. If you have a larger number of plants to protect, a temporary greenhouse may be your way to go. Be sure to plan ahead and keep an eye out as those cooler days are on the way!
If you’re looking to serve up some of your own home grown veggies this fall, you still have time to clean up the vegetable bed and plant those brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and more. Before planting, prep your beds by adding essential soil amendments to the already existing soil to help give your tasty fall veggies all the nutrients they need to grow strong.
Don’t wait too long to get your fall vegetable seeds planted as most require late August to early September planting so they have plenty of time to bloom and mature before the first frost of fall. For those of us living along the South Carolina coast, we can still plant our seeds for broccoli, carrots, collards, kale, and a variety of others. Don’t forget that the Clemson Extension’s site for Planning a Garden provides an excellent guide to planting your veggies throughout the year!
If you’re already eager to begin decorating for fall, you can start by decorating your outdoors with a few Crotons. These plants produce an excellent show of fall color with their big beautiful green, red, yellow and orange leaves! Crotons can take cold weather down to 40 degrees, which means they are an excellent addition to your ends of summer plants and a great transition into your fall favorites! Stop into the Hyams Bedding Area and grab a couple now!
The first of the new fall arrivals have made their way to the Hyams Garden Center! Camellias (older varieties and new hybrids) have just come in and are full of buds! The Bedding Area is also showcasing a few fall mums with their amazing display of the new Jack-O-Lantern pots (for planting and outdoor decor)!
We say it every year when temperatures start climbing, but just as you need more hydration when it becomes a scorcher outside, so do your plants! Remember these few tips to help get your plants through the current and coming hot months.
Water deeper, less often. This will help plants grow deep roots as they will dive further and further to reach that “buried treasure.”
Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch helps to keep moisture in the ground longer and reduces the frequency of watering.
Invest in a water meter/gauge. These can be a lifesaver to you and your plants. It may not always be easy to tell if you’re over or under watering, but using a water meter can give you a good idea where your potted plants stand in hydration.
Potted plants should be watered two to three times a week, especially veggies!
When watering your potted plants, be sure to water slowly to allow the water to penetrate all areas of the container. If you see water gushing out of the drainage holes as soon as you begin to pour, go back and water the plant again in five minutes and again in another five. This will help to ensure the soil is retaining water.
For more tips on proper watering, be sure to ask our knowledgeable staff!