Fall planting and fertilizing, what to do?
I'm rather confused about Fall planting and fertilizing as to it relates to your zone/climate/first freeze date. But regardless, later this week I'll be transplanting my bands that have been thriving in pots since April into a brand new 24'x5' bed I've just dug.
I didn't think I'm suppose to fertilize roses this late--we're about 4-6 weeks from the first freeze date--but if I were be planting perennials I would normally work/dig in 4 or so inches of composted horse manure into a bed. Not sure what to do about the compost this time of year for roses. (I have an unlimited supply of compost. ;-) )
Which should I do:
Option 1) Double dig the bed digging in the compost (see the above where the bed is 20'x5' :Ugh: )
Option 2) Loosen clay soil about a shovel deep (which it is now.) Plant the potted roses then put 4 inches of compost on top as a mulch. (Which would slow the fertilizer effect and make some lovely soil by Spring.)
Option 3) Loosen soil about a shovel deep. Plant roses, then wait until winter gets here THEN mulch with compost when the roses are more dormant.
Option 4) Something else
All but one are OGRs. The clay soil is pretty good quality, not awful compacted gross stuff or construction backfill. Help, please tell me how you would go about planting pots in the Fall.