If you think Spring is the time of year to plant...think again. Jerry Dill from Dill's Greenhouse says Fall is the time of year to plant trees and shrubs primarily because of the Central Ohio's weather. This Summer was the perfect case. Most gardeners were busy planting back in May and June. But unless you watered and did so regularly this Summer... those new plantings may be struggling to survive. This was obviously a very dry Summer with rainfall amounts in Columbus five inches below average. Jerry says even in a more typical year you can benefit from planting in the Fall because the normal autumn moisture and the lack of heat which can stress plants will help them get off to a much better start next Spring.
In addition to trees and shrubs, gardeners may also want to consider Fall favorites like mums, cabbage and kale. Considering how hot and dry this Summer has been...any color will be welcome color this Fall.