Fall Shrub and Tree Planting Tips

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This article explains why fall is one of the best seasons to plant shrubs and trees.
by Brett · All Zones · Shrubs · 2 Comments · August 17, 2010 · 13,871 views

Buy Healthy Plants!

When looking for plants to add to your garden, make sure to pick out healthy plants. Typically, you'll find the highest quality plants at your local and reputable nursery and garden center. Those in the plant selling business year-round depend on repeat customers, and only by selling customers quality plants can there be assurance of future business. When buying plants, keep in mind that the price tag, especially the cheapest one, is not the best guide for purchasing the best plants. That being said, when it comes to price, you'll find that most local nursery and garden centers are very competitively priced when compared to chain stores. Not to mention, at your local nursery and garden center you'll find professionals who can answer your questions and assist you in the decision-making process.

Growing Requirements

All plants have growing requirements. Think about the plant's needs before you invest. Does it grow well in your USDA Zone - do you see the plant or tree growing well in other landscapes in your area? Is it adapted to your area's soil? Will it grow in sun or shade? Does it need a wet or dry location? Is it cold hardy? Some nurseries provide this information on sign stands placed near each group of plants. Other nurseries have websites that provide detailed, accurate information about the plants they sell. And, of course, you can always find details on plants in the Gardenality Plant Files. Your local extension agent can also provide you with materials about plants that grow well in your area.

A Little Planning Goes a Long Way

A little planning before you plant is always a good rule of thumb. Whether you are planting a single plant or an entire landscape, plan first, before digging. Good planning is a worthwhile investment of time that will pay off in greater enjoyment of attractive and useful home landscapes, and in increasing the value of your home. It's much easier to move plants on paper than to dig them after planting in the wrong place. A plan saves many planting mistakes.

If you are new to gardening, and/or are having trouble with plant choices and where to locate them in your landscape, make an appointment with a professional landscape designer. Tip: Always get references from any contractor you intend to hire and check them. Past clients are always happy to tell you about their experience with a contractor.

Before meeting with a landscape designer, it's a good idea to visit and browse through your local nursery or use the Plant Search on this website (click on the 'Plants' tab on the main navigational bar above) to help generate a "plant preference" list. Once you have a plant preference list, a good designer will know exactly where and how to place these plants in your landscape, and will probably add in a few interesting plants not on your list. Keep in mind that dollars spent on a professional landscape design are usually recouped as most nursery and garden centers offer a substancial discount for customers who have a professional landscape plan.

Plant Properly

You can buy the healthiest plants on the market but if you don't plant them properly they will not grow, and may even die. Consult with your local nursery and garden center professional as to proper planting techniques for specific plants, such as Japanese maples.

Fall is for planting. So, visit your local nursery and garden center today, and beautify and add value to your home.

You can buy fall blooming shrubs online at GardenerDirect.com

Ashley Bolton

Ashley Bolton · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Great tips. I always thought it was the other way around. Good to know.

8 years ago ·
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