Fall in Las Vegas is a little bit like spring in reverse. A lot of plants start winding down as winter approaches. The fall can be a time for laying the groundwork for spring plants and creating dazzling garden displays.
What to Plant – Fall planting can be somewhat tricky, mainly since the plants that prefer to be planted in the fall can vary widely depending on how cold it gets during the winter months. In Las Vegas you can bet on many of these being excellent candidates:
- Spring bulbs. Tulip, daffodil, crocus, allium, hyacinth, lilies, and even iris are great choices for planting in the fall. They don’t generally need to be lifted, so they can be planted in those short days before the first frost hits. You’ll reap the fruits of your labor when the ground starts to warm up again.
- Perennials. A huge range of perennials do great when planted in the fall. Bleeding hearts, rudbeckia, sedum, coreopsis, garden chrysanthemums, asters, hostas, and many others are not only great for end of year color – they also will reliably return year after year to put on a dazzling show.
- Shrubs. Looking for some show-stopping fall color? There’s no better time to choose and plant these kinds of shrubs than in the fall, when they’re at their best. Look for shrubs that produce berries and sport lovely fall foliage like nandina, viburnum, pyracantha, and beautyberry. These will provide your local neighborhood wildlife with a little extra forage, and give you some extra fancy natural holiday decorations.
- Trees. Most trees thrive when planted in the fall; it’s their best season! Planting your young trees in the fall, well before your first frost, gives them time to establish their roots without risking drying out. Not only do you increase the odds that your trees will survive by choosing to plant them in the fall, you’ll skip all the major maintenance required to nurse a fresh, new baby tree through a hot summer. It’s really a win-win.
When to Plant –Timing is everything when you’re planting in the fall. It’s not enough to ensure that the ground is unfrozen and workable; you should also give your young plants time to grow and spread their roots before they go dormant for the year. You can look up the first frost date in Las Vegas on a reliable gardening site like The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Count back six to eight weeks and plan to plant your garden at that time.
Protecting Plants – For the most part, fall plantings won’t need a great deal of protection as long as they’re planted in a timely manner. What they will need is lots and lots of mulch. It doesn’t really matter what kind of mulch you use, so long as it’s biodegradable and can be piled on deep.
Las Vegas can see snow and freezing temperatures in different areas of the valley, in those areas go for about four inches of mulch per planting, evenly distributed across the top. Wait to cover the crowns until you’re actually at risk for frost, but the root area of the plant can be covered the day you plant it. These kinds of mulches help the plant retain moisture and acts as insulation to keep the warmth from the sun in the ground longer.
As your plants die back for the year, mulch the entire area, making sure to carefully check tender plants for new growth as temperatures rise in the spring. When you see those little green sprouts popping up, uncover them (but leave the rest of the mulch) so they can continue on their upward journey.
Not Sure What to Plant This Fall? -If you’re going to do it yourself, just ask the folks at your local nursery. They are full of knowledge and great ideas. If you want to just hire the job out and don’t know who to hire, It’s ok, you have me – Jeff Howard your Realtor for life. I can help you find a landscaper or other plant expert to help you choose and install your fall landscaping.
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