Refreshing Your Garden? Fall is the Best Time to Plant

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Eight years of drought have been hard on area landscapes. Considering refreshing or switching out plants? Fall is the best time of the year to plant. Cooler temperatures, and the onset of the rainy season (which typically runs from November through April) promote plant health and aid in successfully establishing new landscaping. Take advantage of winter rains to establish plants over the fall and winter and help them survive the hot dry summer weather with less stress, while using less water.

Fall Planting Tips:

  • Mulch plants to prevent evaporation, hold moisture, and protect plants from temperature changes.
  • Different plants have different irrigation needs so research before you plant. Group plants needing similar amounts of water in zones so your irrigation system can be adjusted to meet the needs of each group of plantings.
  • Consider installing a water efficient irrigation system as part of your garden design. This is easier than adding a system later.
  • If you plan to use your existing irrigation system, make sure to adjust your sprinkler settings and emitters to match the water needs of your new plantings. Check for leaks and overspray, and consider switching out sprinkler heads for more efficient models. You can even convert sprinklers to a drip system.
  • Periodically double check your sprinkler timer to make sure it is set correctly. An incorrectly set timer is a common source of water waste, and is an easy adjustment to make that improves water efficiency and plant health without sacrificing the appearance of your landscape.