When summer’s plant-stressing heat is over and cooler weather sets in, it’s a great time to install trees and shrubs so that they can get established at least 6-8 weeks before winter’s icy chill. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help your new plants get started successfully.
One of the most important concerns about planting your trees and shrubs is the location. Understand the plant’s mature size as well as its water and sun needs. Don’t install a plant too close to existing plants or structures or where spreading roots might interfere with your sewer system.
2. Fertilization and Pruning
When planting trees and shrubs in the fall, do not fertilize the soil or prune the plant. Both of these actions encourage new growth rather than allow the plant to focus on establishing its root system. You can add a rooting hormone if you so choose.
Adding mulch around the planting hole helps to insulate the tree and adds nutrients to the soil as it breaks down. However, do not create a volcano mound around the trunk or stems because that prevents oxygen from circulating properly around the plants’ base.
Take special note of how to properly water your tree or shrub. Overwatering can be just as fatal as underwatering.
Quiet Village Landscaping would be happy to answer your questions about fall planting. Get in touch with us as soon as possible if you would like for us to install trees or shrubs on your property this fall.
Spring has sprung in St. Louis! The weather is still unpredictable, but there are plenty of varieties of decorative and edible plants that can get established despite cold snaps. So go ahead and get started on your flower or vegetable garden. Even if it’s too early for your desired plant, you can get ready by preparing the soil now. Feel free to email or call us if you have questions on what to plant this time of year. We’re happy to help.