The splendid gentle rains of
the last couple of weeks, combined with sensational temperatures make the
official beginning of fall on Friday merely a formality. I don’t know when I’ve
seen folks more ready to dig in the dirt. How could you not be? It’s the time
when summer annuals begin to fade and the colors that autumn brings rise. Pansy
plants and mums let us all know that real fall color will soon arrive. The
stage is set for spectacular woodland color. The only missing ingredient is a
bit of frost on the pumpkin…It’ll be here before you know it!
Gone are the days where you couldn’t plant trees and such until a killin’ freeze occurred. Back in the days where only field-grown trees were available, (balled and burlapped). This made for a short fall season when you consider we normally don’t receive our first frost until October 15-20th.
Nowadays, we sell exclusively container-grown trees. Since their root system is totally contained, there is no transplant shock; the moist soil conditions make it an excellent time to plant. By planting now, you will have the opportunity to experience fall color this year on your tree selections. In addition to that, things planted in the fall will be nearly a year ahead of similar items planted in spring.
The rain is great, but it may be you need a bit of soil to work with, preferably dry soil. If that is the case, we’ve got you covered…we also have the soil covered, literally. Whether you need a scoop or a truck load we have dry topsoil at the ready. Remember: Dirt weighs a lot more than mulch. Make sure your truck or trailer is up to the task. We also continue to have great deals on Gold Standard® Fescue and #3 Double Pink Knockout Roses.
We are turning weekend afternoons into TailgateCentral in The GreenRoom. We have games on the big screen, chips and dips, soft drinks, and a couple of computers set up to keep you up-to-date on your favorite team. So don’t worry about missing the football action; there’s plenty of time for both tailgating and gardening!
Bates Nursery…we’re sensitive to your gardening and football needs; come see us!