In late March, early April we all see our neighbors reappear from winter hibernation. We see them taking walks with their dogs, riding bikes with their kids, and wearing shorts before they have had a chance to hit the tanning salon. We also see our neighbors planting vegetables, plants and flowers in their garden. Perhaps they are just looking to spend more time outdoors, or perhaps they believe, like so many people do, that spring is the best time for planting. After all, doesn’t the emergence of leaves on trees, the sound of baby birds chirping, and the smell of pollen in the air all signal life and growth (and a serious allergy attack)?
Actually, fall is the ideal time to install perennials, evergreens, and deciduous trees and shrubs. In the metropolitan area, fall would be defined as September, October, and even early November or at least 6 weeks before the ground freezes. When plants are installed in the fall, the warm soil from the summer encourages root growth and these roots continue to grow through the winter until the ground freezes. Then, in the spring these plants have an early start because they will have a well-established root system. By the time summer arrives, these plants are better equipped to deal with heat and drought. Plants that are installed in the spring get a slower start due to cooler soils and are not as well equipped to deal with the summer climate. In addition, plants installed in the fall have more dependable rainfall (as we have witnessed these past few weeks), cooler temperatures, and less diseases and insect infestations.
If you are thinking about adding plants to enhance your landscape, contact Kane Landscapes today so we can provide you with a landscape plan and prepare for installation in September and October. By next spring you will recognize the difference this investment has made in your home’s appeal. Instead of planting your landscape, you can sit back and enjoy it.