Fall Planting: Reasons for Change

Distinctive Gardening crew busy with Fall Planting


Now that crisp, cool temperatures have arrived, it’s that time again to advocate for Fall planting. By late August and into late October, New England sees a reversal in high temperatures and increased precipitation, meaning it’s an optimal time for a visit to the local nursery. The following reasons should have you sprinting to the growing season finish line. 

Root Establishment

Aside from the beauty that Fall foliage brings, many deciduous plants show signs opposite to aesthetic norms. However, the sub-surface activity is thriving in the warm, Fall soil. Fall planting provides a major advantage, as roots are quicker to establish than in the unpredictable weather of Spring. For many perennials, this means showy blooms and increased plant vigor the following Spring.

Also, consider how lower temperatures influence employee work flow. Falling temperatures should have gardening crews able to finish any project efficiently. Bundling up is about all that’s necessary in order to work comfortably as you tackle Fall planting.

Lower Maintenance

Leatherwood fall foliage
Native Leatherwood in Fall

The likelihood of rain events peak during the fall. Instead of guessing whether plants will dry out due to increasing spring temperatures and drought, nature handles this chore at no cost to the environment or busy schedules. In addition, nature handles weed control, as most weedy plant seeds have gone dormant during the Fall planting time.

Cost Savings

Nurseries are forced to slash prices significantly due to the assumed depletion of inventory quality and cultural norms. Our collective, increasing desire for instant gratification and how we value plant material forces this action. Unlike consumer goods, plants should be valued by how well they will perform in the future and not solely on their current condition.


However clear the reasoning for Fall planting may be, there are specifics you should consider. Some plants should not be Fall-planted, so be sure to check with your design professional prior to making the leap. 

Contact us today and you’ll be well on your way to planting a beautiful garden for the future!

Staghorn Sumac
Native Staghorn Sumac in full autumn splendor