Many times the fall is overlooked as a great time to garden. In many horticulturalist’s opinion it is the best time to plant, especially trees and shrubs.
Planting in the fall helps give plants plenty of time to get their roots established. The fall usually has cooler weather and plants do not need as much water, and they don’t have to expend precious energy to put out leaves, flowers and fruit.
Before planting always make sure you take a soil test (free until December 1st from the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office at 2727-A Old Concord Rd., Salisbury). Once you get the results you can even ask your local Extension agent to help explain the report, then make your soil amendments before planting. This can ensure your plants and trees thrive for many years.