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Fall Planting: Great Choices for the Spring Yield

by Steven Leonard 11/10/2019

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As temperatures start to drop, many people are focused on Autumn plants like pumpkins and apples, but now is the best time to plant bulbs for your favorite spring and summer-blooming flowers. The cool fall and winter temperatures are necessary to prepare the bulbs to grow properly in the spring. When you stop hearing crickets chirping outside, and the overnight temperatures drop towards 45 degrees, you’ve reached the correct time for planting.

Your Planting Choices

  • Tulips – The most beloved bulb of spring, experts say it's best to plant these during November in most areas. By this point, the fungi in the soil that might attack the new bulb are dormant for the winter, and squirrels won’t be bothered to dig for them.
  • Garden Mums – A favorite for both fall and spring, you’ll get best results with mums planted early in the fall season. They will bloom in your garden through the fall and, in moderate climates, can easily survive through the winter for spring blooms as well.
  • Peony – These beauties bloom across the whole spring season, so set them up in groups when you’re planting this fall. Make sure you don’t plant your peonies too deep, though. Stick to just two inches below the surface, or they may not flower at all.
  • Garlic – This popular bulb is a great one to grow yourself. You’ll get the largest garlic bulbs if you plant them during the autumn. Your goal here is to let the roots grow into the soil but not to let the garlic actually sprout. Try to plant them around five weeks before the ground is expected to freeze. They need some insulation to keep them warm and promote further growth, so add a layer of straw on top.
  • Giant Allium – These baseball-sized bulbs are perfect for fall planting. In spring, with flowers nearly a foot wide and up to four feet in the air, you will have a truly impressive display. Don’t clump them too close together, however. Instead, shoot for six to eight inches apart and get those bulbs in the ground as close to eight inches deep as possible.
  • Daffodils – A lovely bright, yellow splash in your garden, these flowers are like summer sunshine. Each bulb should be planted twice its height below the soil. For example, a three-inch bulb should be planted around six inches deep. Want more than just the standard yellow? No problem! Daffodils come in a variety of colors from pale, whitish-yellow to deep gold.

If you’re thinking of a spring sale, fall is the best time to get your garden ready. Research plants local to your climate for the best results and ask your real estate agent for curb appeal layout advice or the name of a reliable landscaping company for professional help.

About the Author

Steven Leonard

Experienced Realtor, Steven Leonard, currently serves buyers and sellers located in and around Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, San Antonio and Houston, Texas. For 11 years, Steven has held client satisfaction as his highest priority and works hard to make the entire buying and selling experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. Clients working with Steven never fail to appreciate his confidence, professional integrity, and fierce efficiency. 

Steven’s extensive experience and knowledge allow him to handle a wide range of clients and situations. Whether his clients are looking for a home for the very first or they're seasoned investors; Steven works tirelessly to accommodate their needs and exceed their expectations. Being a Texas native, Steven is incredibly well-versed in the area's housing market and always manages to find his clients those hidden gems that other agents tend to overlook. 

Steven values all of his clients and strives to build strong, lasting relationships with them that go far beyond business. Being a father himself, Steven understands how much families put on the line when they invest in a home. That's why he works closely with them every step of the way, making the otherwise overwhelming process completely stress-free. Steven is truly passionate about what he does and loves finding the best home for his clients and their families. 

In his free time, Steven enjoys golfing, spending time with his family, and working with Upbring, an organization dedicated to helping foster children and breaking the cycle of child abuse. To learn more about Steven's real estate services, please don't hesitate to give him a call today. 713-907-0922 or [email protected]

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