What Can I Plant in the Late Summer?

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During the dog days of summer, it can be hard to know what is the best way to care for you garden, so we have put together this little guide to help you out!
by Nikki Sawyer · All Zones · Growing Basics · 0 Comments · July 19, 2017 · 1,534 views

Still want to play in the dirt and add more items to your garden and landscape? Here are our suggestions for things you can plant during mid- to late-summer:

  • Plant perennial plants like ornamental grasses and sedum. (Note: It is also a good time to move or divide perennials as well.) Perennials planted in later summer should be mulched to help them overwinter.
  • Plant or transplant evergreens now to ensure good rooting before winter arrives. Water both the planting site and the plant for several days before moving/planting. Late summer is a good time to plant pine, spruce, and other evergreens.
  • Deciduous trees and shrubs can also be planted in late summer.
  • Water newly planted trees (deciduous or evergreen) every day for three to four days, and then gradually reduce the frequency of watering. A good watering every 7 to 10 days should be sufficient three to four weeks after planting. Continue watering until the ground freezes.
  • Planting in the late summer and fall can also help you to save money. Nurseries have plants that have been growing in their containers all summer, making them bigger and more transplant hardy. Prices might also be lower as nurseries work to clear out their stock for the winter. Some of the perennials may look tired, but a half-price tag will make up for the temporary lack of beauty, and the plants will rebound come next spring.
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