What time of year is best to plant shrubs?

Planting trees and shrubs in the fall gives plants a better chance to develop their roots well before winter. Some say winter, others say fall is the best season for planting shrubs. This is a breakdown of what to plant and when. When adding trees and shrubs to your garden, planting in the fall offers several benefits.

It's an ideal time for you, as all the hard work of spring gardening and summer maintenance will come to an end, plus it's the best time for the tree. The combination of warm soil and cold air stimulates root growth to help the tree or shrub establish itself before the soil freezes. In autumn, trees and shrubs are sold in containers or with root ball, where the root and soil are wrapped in burlap (often called burlap and burlap). Planting in fall isn't risk-free, and the chance of plant failure increases as you wait later in the season.

Try to give plants at least six weeks of mild weather to allow roots to grow before freezing temperatures hit. While it's impossible to know the exact timing of this, early October is a good deadline. Plants that start root development in fall will be better suited to summer's climate challenges. Shrubs are a woody perennial plant, commonly used in landscaping because of their low maintenance and ornamental value.

For this reason, plants such as magnolia, tulip, oak and ginkgo are more suitable for planting in spring. Plants with fibrous and shallow roots are often the best options for planting in the fall because they recover faster than those with large, thick main roots.

Natalie Shimabukuro
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