Pick Your Planters!
When is the best time of the year to plant trees, shrubs and perennials? This is one of the more frequently asked questions this time of year. Generally speaking, April and May is a great time to plant. However that’s not
The Best time to plant is September and October..
For these reasons:
- Days are cooler
- Rain is more frequent
- Plants are headed into dormant/ hibernation periods
- Ground is not frozen
When planting in the heat of the summer, add watering wells or bowls made from topsoil or mulch. These added water retainers will keep the moisture around the root zones or the base of the plant. There are a few exceptions to the fall planting rule. It has been found that some trees do not establish very well when planted in the fall. Most nut trees such as Oaks don’t transplant well. Also Birches have a tough time establishing when planted in the fall. Container plants have a better survivability rate than baled and burlap trees this time of the year. Plants in containers are less likely to go into transplanting shock in the fall landscape.
Here are some late Season Tips:
To ensure late season success..
- Water frequently –Hydration helps the plant survive the cold, dry winter wind
- Mulching– By insulating the roots with a two inch layer of organic mulch this will help the plant roots survive the fluctuating warm to cold temperatures.
- Light Pruning– Removing broken, dead, or weak branching structures so heavy ice and snow does not damage the plants.
Caring for your plants until they have matured will hopefully extend their life, and provide you with years to enjoy their beauty contributing to your landscape design.