Dan's Garden: Fall planting

BISMARCK, N.D. - Fall is still a great time to plant trees and shrubs, and the weather is perfect right now.

A couple of plants that are very popular this time of year are Gold Plain Spirea, because they turn so red in the fall, Magic Carpet Spirea and Dakota Bowl Charm from NDSU. They are wonderful Dwarf Little Spirea that have great color and all the Sedum like Autumn Jo,y they’re in their glory now, and Goblin Flower or Gaillardia and even the Creeping Sedum, they’re great too. And if you do plant, you might want to water once or twice and they will be set for the winter.

I think now it’s time to start wrapping the trucks on the trees so the bunnies and the mice don’t get them, whether you use the crepe wrap or the plastic that’s good. I like to leave all the tops on the peonies, especially the grasses, because they sway in the wind. t=They look great all winter long.

Also maybe your last chance to get bulbs in the ground: crocuses, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths. Plant them now, they need the rest period. Be sure you the bulb food or some light fertilizer right in the hole with them seven or eight bulbs per square foot.

And now, of course, you can seed your lawn or over seed bare lawns because the seed won’t grow till next year. We call it dormant fall seeding. So all these tips are something to think about. Also it’s time to put spruce tops in your pots and planter, it gives you that touch of green all winter long till about early May.

So until next time good gardening.