We are often asked “When is the best time to install new landscaping? Although new plants can be successfully planted just about anytime except when the ground is frozen, we prefer doing landscape installations in the fall for several reasons.
Reason #1– The weather in the fall is generally very good planting weather. Warm days and cool nights are ideal for establishing new plants. In addition, your new plants will have 6-8 months to get rooted in before the weather gets hot again.
Reason #2– Soil temperatures are still fairly warm which helps th plants establish their roots faster. In the Spring, when the soils are usually still cool and soggy from the winter, the plants will root in slower. As a company policy, we won’t plant in cool and soggy conditions because when you walk around in soggy soils and squeeze the air out of the soil, plant losses will result. Plant in the fall and your plants will be well on their way to having an established root system in the Spring, which will mean a healthier, more lush looking landscape.
Reason #3– Everyone wants a landscape installation that is as easy to maintain as possible. Planting in the Fall means you will need to water the new beds less frequently. When new plants are installed it is best to keep the soil moist, but not muddy. Soil conditions such as this are quite easy to maintain in the Fall. It is still a good idea to check the condition of the soil at the base of the new plants every day, but chances are good that you will find that the cool nights of Fall help keep the soil at the base of the plants from drying out.
Reason #4– Weeds are much more active in the Spring than in the Fall. Planting now will mean less weed competition to the plants and less time maintaining the beds for you.
Reason #5– Most people think that Spring is the best time to plant. When Spring arrives every good Landscape Company is already booked up weeks or months in advance. Scheduling your Landscape Project for the Fall instead of the Spring will mean that you will enjoy your beautiful new landscaping project in the Spring while your neighbor is still waiting to have theirs installed.