Fall Weather is No Problem for Plants

Fall weather might not seem like a good time to start planting flowers and fruit trees, but Horticulture Instructor and Program Leader Robin Fruth-Dugstad says otherwise. Read her words below to find out just what you can be doing with your green thumb as the temperature begins to drop.

Fall is the best time to plant trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. The soil temperature is still warm enough for good root growth before winter arrives.

Lightweight sheets can be spread over tender annual plants to protect them from light frosts and extend the bloom season. Never use plastic for frost protection.

Cool season vegetables like broccoli, carrots, kale, and brussels sprouts taste better after a light frost.

Fall is the best time to fertilize the lawn. Fall fertilization promotes root growth and ensures that the lawn is healthy going into winter.

It’s apple season and Minnesota grown apples are the best! Zestar, Honeycrisp, Regent, Haralson. What is your favorite Minnesota apple?

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