Why Planting in September is the BEST

As September ushers in the first signs of autumn, some Ontario gardeners might think it’s time to hang up their gardening gloves for the year. The truth is, the most wonderful time of the year for gardening has just arrived! In fact, September is an ideal month to roll up your sleeves and get planting. Why, you ask? Let’s discuss why planting September is the BEST!

Better Weather

September brings cooler, more comfortable temperatures in Ontario, making it less stressful for both plants and gardeners. The soil is still rich and warm from the summer, which encourages easier root growth. With regular rainfall still in the forecast, your newly planted trees, shrubs, and perennials get a head start in establishing strong root systems before the winter arrives, with less watering pressure on you.

Fall is an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials in the garden.
Fall Color Finale

By planting in late summer and fall, you can enjoy the vibrant autumn colors that many trees and shrubs bring to the landscape. Think of the fiery red maples, golden grasses, blooming perennials, and the rich crimson of burning bushes. Planting right now ensures you’ll have a front-row seat to this spectacular show that’s about to begin.

Incredible fall colour is just one of the many features of ornamental shrubs (like Burning Bush, shown) in your landscape.
Perennial Perfection

Planting perennials in September means they’ll have ample time to establish strong root systems before the harsh winter sets in. This ensures robust plants and timely blooms come spring, brightening your garden when you need it most. Right now is ideal for planning changes to your garden’s design, too, since all of the existing plants are at their full size. Take a look around at what you love (and what you don’t) and you can take action to move, remove, or add perennials to improve the look of your spaces.

Perennials get bigger and better with each passing season, and September is the perfect time to add some to your garden!
Less Pest Pressure

Many pests become less active as the temperatures drop, reducing the risk of bug trouble on your new plantings. This can help your new garden to establish itself without the added stress of battling hungry insects.

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More Value, Less Spending

Well-landscaped properties tend to have higher resale values. By investing in your garden in September, you not only enhance the beauty of your home but also its market appeal. The great thing about buying and planting new additions later in the season is that most plants are on SALE! Every dollar stretches farther when perennials, shrubs, evergreens and trees are all available and ready to plant at clearance prices.

TERRA stores are full of inspiring, colourful plants from April to the end of October.

So, are you ready to plant? Grab your gardening shovel and your Quick Start and make the most of this vibrant and promising season in southern Ontario! Your garden will thank you for it, season after season. For more tips on planting, read How To Plant Anything here.

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