Depending on the type of grass, plants and flowers you decide to plant will determine which season to plant them in. New seeds need to be kept moist and therefore the summer would not be a good time to plant grass, the lawn would dry out. The winter would also not be a good time as it is too cold and the frost may not allow the seeds to sprout.

Autumn planting

For cool-season grass seeds, the best time to plant is during warmer temperatures in the 60 to 80-degree Fahrenheit range. With these restrictions, the fall becomes the optimum planting time for these seeds. Weeds that compete with grass are dead during the fall, which allows the grass to grow well. In the autumn you also use less water due to the rain and the leaves falling from the trees nourishing your lawn.

Plant cold tolerant annuals, they can bloom for weeks in the fall. Diasica, nemesia, and osteospermum are all good autumn planted plants. Spring blooming bulbs can be planted in September through October. Winter hardy pansies and violas should be planted during this time as well, as they will bloom in the fall and again in the spring.

Spring Planting

For warm-season ornamental grasses, late spring is the best time to plant. Some seeds of summer bedding plants can be sown late March through May. You have to wait until the ground is no longer frozen and it is not too wet to work. To determine if the ground is too wet to work, squeeze a handful of dirt in your hand, it should fall apart easily. If it sticks together the ground is too wet to work. Consider starting some of them indoors in pots or trays, or in a greenhouse. You can plant bareroot perennials, as long as they are dormant, at this time. Very cold tolerant annuals such as violas, primroses and pansies can be planted, but they must be hardened-off in order to survive. Check with the gardening center where you bought the plants to find out if they are already hardened-off or if you need to do this yourself. You can also plant seeds for certain cold crop vegetables such as peas, spinach and seed onions. Summer blooming, non-hardy bulbs and bulb-like plants can be planted, for instance dahlias, colocasia, and gladiolas. However, these bulbs are not cold tolerant and won’t last the winter outdoors in the Northeast.

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