Many people think that as cooler autumn temperatures creep in, it’s time to stop gardening and start putting our gardens to bed for the winter. Not so! Fall is an ideal time for planting. The weather is cool but the soil is still warm enough for root development, daylight is gentler, and autumn rains typically keep the soil nicely moist. Trees, shrubs, perennials, lawns, vegetables, lawn grass, and yes, even annuals, love this kind of weather.
Bulbs are some of the easiest and most dramatic flowers you can add to your landscape and containers, and you can make them even more spectacular when you create layers of bulbs for lush growth and bursts of brilliant color, month after month. But the number one complaint we hear about bulbs is that squirrels and other critters gobble them up right away. So here are some tips on proper bulb planting, and ways to deter garden pests.