We answer your Colorado gardening questions for spring planting season (2023)

Spring planting season is officially upon us, but in this age of climate change, weather extremes, and water restrictions, there’s a lot to consider before you put that first plant in the ground.

We asked gardening expert Fatuma Emmad, co-founder of FrontLine Farming in Denver, and Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at the Denver Botanic Gardens, to answer our questions, and yours, about gardening and overall yard care.

Here are Fatuma Emmad’s recommendations for drought-tolerant plants, which can also attract pollinators like butterflies, bees, and birds to your yard:

  • Yarrow, particularly white and yellow
  • Sage
  • Bellflowers
  • Coreopsis
  • Coneflower, also known as echinacea
  • Lavender
  • Blue Flax
  • Primrose
  • Penstemon
  • Creeping Phlox
  • Salvias

“One thing I would just want to remind (people) is that even if a plant is drought-tolerant, it still needs water (when you first plant it),” said Emmad. Water helps new plants establish their roots so that they can be resilient in drought conditions.

Here are Panayoti Kelaidis’ recommendations for turf grass and trees:

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  • Turf grasses for shade: red fescue (Festuca rubra)
  • Turf grass for sun: Dog Tuff Grass
  • Great smaller trees for Denver: Crabapples, Hawthorns, Hop Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), Utah (Wasatch) Maple, Pinon pine, Gambel’s Oak, Golden rain tree
  • Great large trees for Denver: Ohio Buckeye, Yellow Buckeye, Chinkapin Oak, Texas Oak (Quercus buckleyi), Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii), Burr Oak, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Honey locust (which is bordering on being overplanted)
  • Underutilized shrubs: Viburnums, Lonicera korolkowii, Seven Son’s flower Heptacodium miconioides (large shrub), Philadelphus, Lilacs

“People shouldn't rush out and get all the same trees,” said Kelaidis, who points to the need for what’s called tree diversity. “When you have too much of one kind of tree, you often get what is called a monoculture, and it becomes susceptible to disease. So that's why there's quite a rich variety of trees being introduced by the nursery industry. And we suggest looking at some of the oaks in particular that you can plant that require no supplemental water that are totally drought tolerant.”

Interview Highlights

These answers have been lightly edited for clarity.

Angie C. Platten wants to know if okra will grow in Colorado. She says she has some seedlings inside, and knows they love humidity.

Emmad: “I love this question, Angie. I totally grow okra, and okra is such an important food base in Arabian food, and also Ethiopian food where I'm from and actually it’s said to originate from Ethiopia. You can grow okra and Colorado. I grow a lot of okra. There's red okra, green okra, white okra. And as our temperatures get warmer here in Colorado, I certainly have been experimenting more with southern crops. My one advice for you that comes to me from elders who taught me is that you never really want to transplant okra. You always want to grow okra from seed. It's very particular, it does not do well when transplanted. So I would say go ahead and plant the ones that you have growing already and transplant them, but also go ahead and seed some and when you do soak it the night before and then plant those seeds and I think you'll grow some great okra.”

Mark Lucas, of Denver, sent us this question: “I grow a mix of drought-tolerant wildflowers. Everything I've seen online said DO NOT FERTILIZE – or do anything – because it would just promote leaf growth. Is that correct? Anything I can do for MORE flowers?”

Emmad: “I think what's important to understand in that question, and Mark, thanks for growing wildflowers and thinking about growing drought-tolerant plants, I think when you're really considering fertilizing, you want to understand what you're applying. There are so many different fertilizers, but the main ones are labeled on the bags which are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Each of these things do very different things. And so when we're talking about vegetative growth and leaf growth, that's really high levels of nitrogen that we're thinking about. We start the season with nitrogen-based fertilizers and then when we want to get flowering we will switch to more phosphorus to get blooms and such. So I want you to really think about what nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus do mean and how you're applying fertilizers at different times

I think the point is when you're working with wildflowers and drought-tolerant plants that they should really be adapted to growing in this region and you shouldn't really have to do so much. What I would say is, as always, start with your base. Make sure your soil is well-cultivated. Put some compost in, and I'm sure that your flowers will take well for you.

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What can someone do in a really sunny yard if they're trying to grow grass?

Kelaidis: If you have a grass that's looking, you know, a little bit patchy, usually that's a sign of the fact that it could use some aeration and maybe the soil has become very compact. Also, grass does like fertilizer. But a lot of us are kind of moving away from grass because it is pretty water intensive. One of the other problems is that people tend to water too often and grass needs to develop deep roots, especially in our climate. So we always advise watering less often like, every three or four days perhaps, and watering deeply and longer than you would because you want to encourage those deep roots and that'll help it become more vigorous. If has shallow roots, then it dries out a little bit, then it'll get stressed. And that's why sometimes you get the dieback because people water too frequently and they water lightly and so the grass never develops the really big roots and then it becomes more susceptible to the dry periods, which are pretty frequent with us.

We had several folks ask about growing in Denver’s intense sunlight– including rooftops. From Emily Kelly-Fischer: “How can I prevent my plants from being fried to death in the downtown Denver sun?”

Emmad: “Emily, this is such a great question, and I think that as we're dealing with climate chaos and changing conditions, it's good for us to reflect first and foremost on what we're trying to grow and if we need to start adjusting to warmer climate-type crops. I know I've switched to considering growing some southern crops like sweet potatoes and okra, which takes high heat. So I want you to think about what you're planting and then what I traditionally hear is you want to be southern facing and capture a lot of that sunlight.

But even for me at my home, I've really thought about how I can get more on northern facing sides now because of that extreme heat. We don't need more sun. We don't need more heat on our plants all the time right now. So perhaps think about the direction in which you're setting up your plants. And I would encourage you certainly if you're able to set them up in a northern facing way. If you have east facing, remember it receives light in the morning and is cooler later. And if you're west facing your windows receive light in the afternoon as well. So think about the directions.

Of course, if you just have a balcony, then I would encourage thinking about putting up a shade over it. Plants are scorching. I deal with it with our tomatoes in the field. Some farmers have taken to even spraying their plants at that really hot time of day where you can just see they need some cooling just like you or I probably do. It's called hydro blasting, really applying some cool water, misting them during the day when it's above 100 degrees. You don’t like it? I don't like it. Most plants don't fare well in those temperatures at all. They're really in that 80 to 90 degree range.

The last thing I would say is also consider mulching in your pots or wherever you're planting. That'll help keep the soil cool, which is also important.

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Sheena Anne Kadi writes: “I've managed to keep some indoor plants alive for two years and want to expand outdoors to my balcony. What are some year-round options for a newbie looking to expand outdoors?”

Emmad: “Sheena, I think that you're able to keep plants healthy inside is great, and a testament to how you'll be able to succeed at growing outside as well. Indoor plants are pretty difficult and require a lot of care. If you're thinking about pots outside it's hard to have a lot of color in winter pots here and it is pretty extremely cold. So you want to think about the pots that you're using. Terracotta pots will freeze a lot easier, whereas using iron or heavy plastic or stone and trying to insulate the pot will help the soil not to freeze in those ways. The other thing you can do is experiment with all kinds of plants in your pots and pull them in during the winter and take care of them and grow them bigger and then pull them back out and make your balcony look beautiful during the warm times as well.

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Should we plant trees as seedlings in our yards or larger, more established trees?

Kelaidis: To tell you the truth, often if you plant a little tree that's just a foot or two tall, it'll often grow faster than a big one, because when you plant a big tree it goes into shock. But we live in a culture of immediate gratification. So the average person doesn't have the faith to do that. Serious gardeners and wise people know that the best way to start is with a little tree. But then you have to protect it and make sure that something doesn't break it or whatever, but you'd be surprised at how quicklya small tree can grow.

Laura Guy asks: “All my roses were taken out by Japanese beetles last summer. Will they come back again this year? And is Neem Oil an option?”

Emmad: I get the Japanese beetle question all the time, and I know that it's painful. There aren’t really natural predators for them here. Roses get it the worst. I've sort of stopped planting a lot of roses and my own landscaping work, and really want to plant roses. I would encourage you to think about planting wild roses. Those tend to be more resilient. I do think that with this early rain, we are going to be dealing with Japanese beetles a little more intensely than last year. A lot of people talk about the trap pouches that release pheromones to try to trap the beetles. If you use those, I just want to say that they can also become a habitat and attract many Japanese beetles.

If you have a bigger property, you really want to put it far away so you're not bringing all the Japanese beetles to your garden. There are even inorganic methods that are really toxic and don't work that well. Neem has shown to be semi-effective and so is soapy water. Their grubs can be affected by milky spores that you could put in your grass if you want to contain them as grubs and then when they're adults, it's really the brutal work of picking them. They kind of get lazy in the middle of the day and they kind of just sit there, so think about perhaps picking off all the Japanese beetles as you see them, which even if it doesn't save your plants for this season, will reduce the amount of eggs that they're laying so you're not just back in the same place next season.

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A man named Eric writes simply, “Bindweed! Help!!!!”

Emmad: Bindweed is a brutal one. People can use inorganic methods; I don't support that. One effective method is pouring boiling water over your bindweed. Bindweed can grow from any part of its plant. Another successful thing you could consider is just constantly cutting it back as it's coming up. What I want to say to you, Eric, is just stay on it, give it time. There are many different solutions you can use and don't let bindweed take over your garden. It can live in the dark so it's really about being persistent and staying on it. No quick solution there.


When should I plant my garden in Colorado Springs? ›

Growers can begin planting seeds outdoors as early as March, for beets, broccoli, cabbage, and peas. Plant carrots, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, and spinach outdoors in April. Plant onions, peppers, and tomatoes in May. Beans, Brussels sprouts, corn, and cucumbers go in the ground in June, and squash in July.

What seeds can you plant in March in Colorado? ›

Direct sow in ground cool season (hardy) crops such as arugula, lettuce, spinach, peas, and kale beginning mid-March through the end of April. Start warm season crops (tender) such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant indoors at the end of the month for transplant mid-late May.

What is the purpose of spring planting? ›

In addition to the weather, spring is also an important time for planting because it allows for the timely maturation of crops. Most crops take a certain amount of time to mature, and planting them in the spring ensures that they will have enough time to reach maturity before the onset of winter.

Is spring a time for planting? ›

Early Spring - As Soon as the Ground is Workable

Bareroot perennials, as long as they are dormant, can be planted now. Very cold tolerant annuals such as violas, primroses and pansies can be planted, they must be hardened-off in order to survive.

When should I prepare my garden for spring planting? ›

Once the frost has lifted and the soil is workable, start preparing your garden beds. In winter, soil tends to become compacted, so the first thing you want to do is loosen it back up by tilling or turning it. Using a tiller or a sharp spade, work the soil to a depth of 12 to 14 inches to loosen it up.

What is best to plant early spring? ›

In late February to early March, start cabbages, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, leeks, endive, escarole, fennel, lettuce, and artichokes indoors. In mid- to late March, direct sow peas, spinach, fava beans, and arugula outdoors. Start peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, Swiss chard, and tomatillos indoors.

Can I plant grass seed in April in Colorado? ›

For Colorado's climate, the best time to overseed is in April or September. During these times, temperatures are cooler and moisture can be more abundant. This results in better germination and improved vigor of the newly germinated seedling.

Is March too late to start seeds? ›

March is the perfect time to get those tomato and pepper seeds started indoors so they can be ready for an early spring planting! Also now is a great time to start planting cool weather vegetables that can withstand those last frost days of March and April.

Is March too early to plant seeds? ›

Think it's too early to start working on your spring garden? It's definitely not because March is the perfect time to get those cool weather veggies that can handle cool, early spring weather in the ground. It's also a great time to sow a variety of seeds indoors so they'll be ready for early planting.

What can I add to my garden soil in the spring? ›

Add Organic Matter

Organic matter is the gardener's cure-all, no matter what your soil type. It will make heavy clay soils lighter and improve drainage, and it will help retain both moisture and nutrients in sandy soils. Simply put, organic matter of any kind is great news for your soil – and the plants you grow in it!

What are the best vegetables to grow in the spring? ›

12 Fruits And Veggies To Plant This Spring
  • HONEYDEW. Honeydew is best planted in late spring, when the soil is warm. ...
  • CUCUMBER. Cucumbers are great for spring planting. ...
  • BEETS. Beets are a great choice for early spring. ...
  • CARROTS. ...
  • TOMATOES. ...
  • PEPPERS. ...
  • BEANS. ...

What are three crops to plant in the spring? ›

Examples include lettuce, cabbage, kale, turnips, Brussels sprouts. Warm season vegetables can't survive in cold temperatures, so they are planted safely after the last frost date. These are your summer vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, the squash family, melons and peppers.

What is the best time of day to plant plants? ›

Best time of day to transplant is early in the morning, late in the afternoon or on a cloudy day. This will allow the plants to settle in out of direct sunlight.

Is it better to plant perennials in the fall or spring? ›

Fall tends to produce more good planting days than Spring.

Another significant advantage during the Fall is that common garden pests and disease problems are less of a problem. Whether you are planting grasses, spring-blooming bulbs, perennials, trees or shrubs, they all will do great when planted in the Fall!

What is late spring for gardening? ›

That is the long way of saying late spring typically runs from sometime in May through June. May is a busy time for planting, but we recommend you keep a keen eye on the weather and the frost protection at hand for those frost-sensitive veggies!

How do I prepare my garden for spring planting? ›

Preparing Garden Beds. A couple weeks prior to planting anything is the time to get your garden beds ready for the year of growth to come. Early spring is ideal timing to add soil nutrients, ensure the soil isn't compacted, and remove any stray weeds.

Should I add soil to my garden in the fall or spring? ›

Whether you're new to gardening, or a seasoned pro, building better soil is the single most important thing you can do to improve your gardening success. And fall is the best time to do it!

What temp can you plant in spring? ›

The ideal soil temperatures for planting most plants, especially vegetables, is between 65-75 degrees. That means the safest time to plant in the spring is in mid-to-late May.

How do you keep plants warm in early spring? ›

Warming soil is a major cue that wakes up plants, so mulch, which insulates the soil to keep it cooler longer, is a major protection. It also shelters slow-growing plants against cold spells. Leave mulch and other winter protections in place until nighttime low temperatures are consistently above freezing.

What grass grows best in Colorado? ›

Kentucky bluegrass is your best bet in Colorado. One of the most tolerant grasses, Kentucky bluegrass spreads rapidly because of its rhizomes. This makes the turf more sturdy and resistant to damage.

Can you plant grass seed in March in Colorado? ›

In most parts of Colorado, cool-season grasses like Black Beauty can be seeded in March or April, as soon as temperatures begin to warm up. Along the Front Range and Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, the optimal time to plant is early fall (mid-August to mid-September).

How often do you water new grass seed in Colorado Springs? ›

That being said the seeds do not need immense AMOUNTS of water just frequent applications of it. We recommend at least three times a day if possible but only for 4-5 minute increments. Heavy water applications could wash away seed and loose soil so take into account the grade of your lawn.

What happens if you plant too early? ›

Planting too early in cooler temperatures can cause stunted growth, wilting, surface pitting, foliage necrosis and increased susceptibility to disease. Low soil temperatures can stunt plant growth and prevent root development.

Can I start seeds indoors too early? ›

Timing is very important when it comes to starting seeds indoors. That's because if you do it too early, you could end up with weak, leggy seedlings that won't survive the transition to the garden.

What seeds are best to start in March? ›

Seeds to start indoors in March
  • Herbs (Oregano, Sorrel, Thyme, Rosemary) These and many other herbs can be started indoors in late February/early March. ...
  • Peppers. ...
  • Tomatoes. ...
  • Eggplant. ...
  • Brassicas (Cauliflower, Broccoli, Kale, Brussels Sprouts) ...
  • Flowers (Viola, Pansy) ...
  • Leeks and Onions.

Is April too early to plant seeds? ›

April is the best time to plant most of your vegetable seeds after your last frost for all zones. It's still not too late to plant tomatoes and peppers from seeds as well!

Can you plant seeds in 40 degree weather? ›

Seeds of early spring cool-season crops can be planted when the soil temperature is 40 degrees or above. This includes lettuce, peas, kale, radishes, arugula and spinach. When the soil reaches 50 degrees, plant seeds of leeks, onions, Swiss chard and turnips.

Can I start seeds indoors in March? ›

Mid-March is the best time to start many vegetables and annual flowers indoors for transplanting outside once the threat of frost has past.

What not to do with soil? ›

9 Mistakes You're Making That Are Damaging Your Soil
  1. Keep Your Soil Strong. 1/11. Good soil is the key to a beautiful garden. ...
  2. Skipping the Soil Test. 2/11. ...
  3. Tilling Vegetable Beds. 3/11. ...
  4. Digging in Wet Soil. 4/11. ...
  5. Walking on Wet Soil. 5/11. ...
  6. Adding Sand to Heavy Soil. 6/11. ...
  7. Applying Fresh Manure. 7/11. ...
  8. Applying Too Much Fertilizer. 8/11.

What is the fastest way to add nutrients to soil? ›

The easier, healthier approach is to add compost or plant residues to the soil surface or to incorporate them into only the top few inches of soil. The soil biota will take care of breaking the material down into nutrients your plants can use, and moving the nutrients down into the soil where plant roots can find them.

What do you fertilize your garden with in the spring? ›

Granular or pellet fertilizers should be mixed two to four inches into the soil at the beginning of spring. Like flower gardens, this period sits in late March or early April, as the weather begins to consistently warm. Follow this same recommendation for compost or organic formulas.

What is the secret to growing tomatoes? ›

Tomatoes are a warm-weather crop. They don't tolerate frosts, and they don't like cold “feet”. Warming up the soil prior to planting improves early root growth and gets the plants off to a better start. It's a tomato growing secret many gardeners don't always consider.

What are the easiest vegetables to grow? ›

The easiest vegetables to grow from seed are those that require little intervention besides planting and watering. 'Many vegetables are easy to grow from seed,' says Turner. 'Lettuce, beans, cucumber, squash, radish, peas, pumpkins, arugula and okra would be what I'd consider the easiest.

What should I plant before tomatoes? ›

Rotating the placement of plant families will keep the soil healthier, the plants healthier, and the diseases at bay (in theory). The standard rotation goes something like this: Salad (leaf) first, Tomatoes (fruit) next, carrots (roots) third and peas (legumes) after that.

What herbs are good to grow in spring? ›

Suggested Herbs for Spring Planting
  • Anise. Anise (Pimpinella anisum) is a small annual grown for its seeds. ...
  • Basil. Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a pleasant-smelling annual with a spicy taste. ...
  • Borage. ...
  • Cardamom. ...
  • Chervil. ...
  • Coriander. ...
  • Cumin. ...
  • Horehound.

Should I water my plants at night or morning? ›

The best time to water plants is in the morning or evening.

Morning watering is actually preferable to evening watering as the plant has time to dry before the sun goes down. At night, water tends to rest in the soil, around the roots, and on the foliage, which encourages rot, fungal growth, and insects.

Is it better to water plants in the morning or evening on a hot day? ›

In hot weather you need to water in the mornings when it is cooler. This will allow more water to reach the root system before it evaporates in the heat. There may be times when you cannot schedule watering in the morning. In this case, water the plants in the late evening before bed.

What time in the morning should I water my plants? ›

Early morning (5:00 to 9:00 am) is the best time to water the garden when using a sprinkler, garden hose, or any other device that wets the plant foliage. When watering is completed, the plant foliage dries quickly. The rapid drying of plant foliage helps guard against the development of fungal diseases.

What is the best soil for perennials? ›

Most perennials grow best in soil that is well drained with good fertility and a pH of 6.0 to 7.0. Adding organic matter to soil improves the fertility, texture, and water-holding capacity. Apply a two to three inch layer of mulch to conserve water, reduce the need to weed, and keep soil temperature cool.

How far down do you cut perennials in the fall? ›

The process of trimming back plants is the same for nearly all perennials. Begin by cutting the plant back to 3 to 5 inches above the soil line. Using a sharp pair of pruners or hedge trimmers, cut off all of the foliage and stems. Cut the plants down to within three to five inches of the soil line.

Should I fertilize newly planted perennials in the fall? ›

Fertilize perennials in the early fall for extended life. Fertilize trees and shrubs in the late fall to give them a boost before the winter.

When should I clean my garden in the spring? ›

In northern states mid-late April should be the earliest you consider cutting back perennials and clearing garden debris. Keep in mind that some bees don't emerge until late May, so the longer you can tolerate your “messy” garden the better.

What month is early spring? ›

By the meteorological calendar, spring will always start on 1 March; ending on 31 May. The seasons are defined as spring (March, April, May), summer (June, July, August), autumn (September, October, November) and winter (December, January, February).

When should I start a vegetable garden in Colorado? ›

Plant as soon as soil adequately dries in the spring. These crops may be planted as early as 2-4 weeks before the date of the average last spring frost. average last spring frost. Warm season vegetables prefer summer-like weather with temperatures between 70°F and 95°F.

What zone is Colorado Springs for gardening? ›

Colorado Springs is in Zone 5 (4 in the western foothills and north toward Monument Hill). Trees rated for higher zones may not tolerate our climactic extremes.

How late can you plant a garden in Colorado? ›

Semi-hardy vegetables like beets, carrots, cauliflower, parsley, potatoes and Swiss chard can be planted two weeks before our average last spring frost. Wait to plant tender vegetables like peppers, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, pumpkin and watermelon until mid-May.

When should I start my fall garden in Colorado? ›

Many fall-harvested crops should be planted in early August to give them enough time to mature. Always consult the seed packet to see how many days it takes until maturity, and count backward from your frost date to allow enough time.

When should you plant tomatoes in Colorado? ›

A week of cool daytime temperatures (below 55ºF) will stunt plants, reducing yields. With these warm temperature requirements, planting time along the Colorado Front Range is typically late May.

What vegetables are easy to grow in Colorado? ›

Here is a list of garden vegetables for you to plant in your Colorado garden that are all but foolproof!
  • Beets. Beets are a cool-season crop that is best planted from seed. ...
  • Spinach. Spinach is a cool-season crop that is also very tolerant of hot weather. ...
  • Lettuce. ...
  • Radishes. ...
  • Kohlrabi. ...
  • Broccoli. ...
  • Brussels Sprouts. ...
  • Cauliflower.
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How late is too late for a vegetable garden? ›

The latest time to plant for most vegetables would be the second week in June with a short harvest time. If planting crops that mature within 50 days, you could plant those as late as the last week in June, but keep in mind the weather will be turning cooler, especially at night. Cool crops are best for late plantings.

What is the best tree to plant in Colorado Springs? ›

Evergreen: Colorado Blue Spruce

This Colorado native is a real winner as well. An extremely large tree, people often plant this tree not realizing just how big it will get, it can reach heights if anywhere from 50-80 feet and a spread of 25-35 feet.

Can you have a winter garden in Colorado? ›

Gardeners living in areas where the ground freezes often feel vegetables can only be planted during frost-free periods. However, some cold-hardy vegetables can be planted up to six weeks prior to the average last killing spring frost.

What zone am I in Colorado Springs? ›

To add a little more precision to the zone designations, each zone is divided into 5 degree increments, "a" or "b." Colorado Springs is in Zone 5b. Black Forest is in Zone 5a. Teller County, like most of our mountain areas, is in Zone 4. But there are other important factors that affect our growing season.

What happens if I plant my garden too early? ›

Planting too early in cooler temperatures can cause stunted growth, wilting, surface pitting, foliage necrosis and increased susceptibility to disease. Low soil temperatures can stunt plant growth and prevent root development.

When should I plant potatoes in Colorado? ›

Early potatoes (summer potatoes) are planted in March and harvested in July or August. Late potatoes (winter potatoes) are planted in April or May and harvested between September and November (usually September 15 - October 12).

How late can you plant perennials in Colorado? ›

They come in all shapes, sizes, colors with various foliage textures and colors. With some planning you can have beautiful color from spring into fall with some winter interest. Perennials can be planted anytime that the threat of frost has passed and a month before the first hard frost in the fall.

Is it better to plant in spring or fall? ›

Fall tends to produce more good planting days than Spring.

Another significant advantage during the Fall is that common garden pests and disease problems are less of a problem. Whether you are planting grasses, spring-blooming bulbs, perennials, trees or shrubs, they all will do great when planted in the Fall!

Is it better to cut back plants in fall or spring? ›

As the first light frosts begin to hit plants in mid to late fall, the foliage of perennial plants will begin to die back. Once this occurs, it is the ideal time to begin cutting plants back.

Is it better to cut plants down in fall or spring? ›

Cutting old and diseased foliage in the fall helps a perennial jump right into new growth come spring. But some plants need their foliage for protection over the winter and instead should be pruned in the spring.


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