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Water Use It Wisely: Planting fall and winter gardens

Posted at 8:31 AM, Oct 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-22 13:56:16-04

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Fall is a fantastic time to plant because soil temperatures are still warm, encouraging root growth and development while allowing plants to get better established before next summer’s heat sets in. Also, with cooler temperatures, plants need less water and it is a much more forgiving time of year to put new plants in the ground.

It’s also the time of year to plant wildflower seeds for spring bloom, and the perfect time to plant a fall/winter vegetable garden or winter grass. So, get outside and Plant Something! Check out our list of resources below.

Landscape Plants

Find our free booklet or online resource, Landscape Plants for the Arizona Desert that features over 200 plants for every need and function for your landscape. Wondering how to water newly planted plants? Find a chart on page 8 of our Landscape Watering Guide.

Wildflower Seeds

Most wildflowers germinate after seasonal rains in the fall and bloom in the spring. Visit local nurseries or contact Wild Seed, Inc. at 602-276-3536 for a great selection of native seed mixes. Find simple planting info in our Landscape Plants online. To request a FREE PACKET of wildflower seeds, just email us your mailing address!

Winter Lawn

You can find helpful instructions in this University of Arizona Cooperative Extension publication, Overseeding Winter Grasses into Bermuda Turf. But, before you decide to use the tremendous amount of water needed to overseed, check out our Top Ten Reason’s Not to Plant a Winter Lawn.

Vegetable Garden

Fall and winter vegetable gardens are great for growing leafy and root vegetables. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension offers Ten Steps to a Successful Vegetable Garden.

FREE landscape Workshops

Water – Use It Wisely partners offer a fantastic variety of landscape workshops this time of year. Topics on plant selection, drip Irrigation, container gardening and landscape design are just a few of the fun topics you’ll find on our Water – Use It Wisely calendar.

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