Why plant in the fall?
1. Cooler air temperatures mean much less stress on the plant and more energy for root establishment.
2. Ground temperatures cool much slower than air temperatures in the fall allowing for a long season of root establishment. Roots will grow as long as the soil temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Ground temperatures take a long time to warm in spring meaning root growth and establishment takes longer than it would in the fall.
4. Natural moisture is more available in fall for plants allowing for easier establishment in the landscape and less need for gardeners to apply water in most fall seasons.
5. Fall planting and establishment in landscape allows plants to grow with far less stress the following spring.