Fall Gardening Tips From Hicks Nurseries

Autumn Is the Time for Planting Mums and Spring Bulbs

Fall is for Planting Mums

Believe it or not, autumn is one of the best seasons to start planting. This is because of its cool temperatures, reliable rainfall, and short, bright days which help plants make a quick transition to a fall landscape. The weather in the fall makes root growth better equipped to deal with the drought and heat of the warmer seasons. Roots will steadily grow into the winter until the ground freezes.

Although there are many spectacular fall blooming plants, mums or chrysanthemums are by far the most popular. Available in shades of yellow, orange, white and red, mums produce small daisy-like flowers. They bloom for several weeks and require little attention. Mums are the perfect plant for entryway planters, as a border along a walkway or in window boxes and planters.

September is the best time to update a landscape for fall. Before planting fall selections, remove spent annuals such as new guinea impatiens, petunias, marigolds and geraniums to make room for all that fall has to offer. In addition to chrysanthemums, consider adding other complimentary fall favorites to an outdoor setting. Asters, Montauk daisies, sedum, ornamental grasses and fall anemones are all good choices for Long Island planting. They each have very different shapes, structures and colors, which adds interest and depth to a garden design.

Not only is fall a great time for planting mums, but it's also the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs for early spring flowers such as daffodils and tulips to create a colorful garden.

Caring for Mums

Taking care of mums? Chrysanthemums prefer full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Always pinch or prune back branches 1-2 inches during the growing season to keep the plants compact. Try and refrain from pruning in late June or the mums won't flower in fall.  Keep mums protected in the winter months by covering them with a layer of mulch. When looking to purchase mums, pick ones that have more buds than open flowers so that they last longer.

Hicks Nurseries, Long Island's largest garden center, offers an array of gorgeous fall perennials that look magnificent against the background of fall foliage, and perennial bulbs for colorful spring gardens. Visit www.hicksnurseries.com.

About Hicks Nurseries:

Hicks Nurseries is Long Island's largest and premier garden center, family-owned and operated since 1853.  Dedicated to helping its customers achieve their goals easily and stress-free, Hicks Nurseries provides exceptional services and products including indoor and outdoor plants, patio furniture, planters, garden and lawn care, seasonal décor, and more. They offer complete landscape design/build services and expert advice to make gardening successful and enjoyable for everyone. Hicks Nurseries is conveniently located at 100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, NY.

CONTACT: Eleni Roselli, Hicks Nurseries, 516-334-0066, eroselli@hicksnurseries.com

Source: Hicks Nurseries


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