In autumn the soil is moist and warm – perfect for establishing plants before winter sets in. This is why so much planting takes place in autumn, from bulb planting to the moving and planting of shrubs and perennials. Bare-root trees are typically planted from autumn to spring, and autumn is also a popular time for laying turf.
Planting for the future, like any gardening task, requires skill and understanding, though plants in some situations can be more forgiving – for example, the odd bulb planted upside down will still perform, but a badly planted tree may never succeed. Given plants cost money, it makes sense to invest time to get the planting technique right and guarantee success.