Fall is certainly the most appropriate time of year  compared to the spring season for planting various plants or transplant  trees, shrubs, and many other perennial plants. The soil tends to be warmer  which promotes root growth, and — unlike with spring planting — there’s not the  potential of a long, hot, dry summer facing the young upstarts.

Fall is also generally the best – and cheapest – time to do it.  Many nurseries dramatically discount their remaining container-grown plants and  other nursery stock, both to avoid over-wintering them and to make room for the  soon-to-arrive Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees. I’ve found it’s a great  time to negotiate an even better deal by simply asking for an additional  reduction on already discounted nursery stock.

In this fall season you should build a compost pile and mulch. Start a compost pile in the Fall to provide a receptacle for  all the leaves, pumpkins  and other yard debris you should rake up before winter sets in.

Building  a compost pile can be as simple as staking up a hoop of three-foot-high  “chicken wire” or other mesh fencing; just so long as it allows for air  circulation from the sides and is deep enough for leaves and other organic  matter to compress itself thanks to the law of gravity. Also, keep your eyes  open after Halloween and Thanksgiving for leftover bales of straw that might be  discounted – or even put out for the garbage man – now that they’ve served their  decorating purposes; straw makes great mulch or can be added to the compost  pile.

Mulching  garden beds in the Fall with wood chips, compost, or other suitable organic  matter helps to retain ground moisture and protect plants sleeping underneath.  Check with local landscaping and tree removal services in the Fall for some of  the best prices of the year on mulch.

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