Fall planting season getting underway

The Barn Nursery prepares for fall. (Image: WTVC)

As a new school year begins and August comes to an end, we take a look ahead at the fall planting season on this week's Homegrown.

Fall officially starts September 22, but it takes a lot of work to prepare for one of the busiest times of the year at The Barn Nursery.

"We are getting ready for fall. We'll have a lot of things coming up with BarnFest and fall festivals and stuff like that that we do here at the nursery," said Donna Dent, custom designer.

She explains the new plants that are arriving.

"Fall planting time is huge. Trees and shrubs go in. They acclimate really well so you can do all kinds of planting in the fall," Dent said. "We are going to have tons of pumpkins and gourds coming in. We do all kinds of fall flowers, pansies, violas, mums."

Colorful florist mums aren't just nice to look at, they also serve a purpose.

"If you use florist mums in the house not only are they pretty, but they're also working to help clean the air as well," Dent said. "As little as one plant per 100 square feet of room space. So if you have 10 plants in a 1,000 square feet house, you're detoxing the house within 24 to 48 hours."

If you're looking for deals on fall plants, Crabtree Farms in Chattanooga is hosting its fall festival and plant sale September 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free workshops, and plants and seeds available that work well in the fall.

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