It’s easy to get so excited about planting for a spring and early summer garden that you forget to plan for color in August, September and October. By August, many favorite trees, shrubs and perennials have finished blooming.
However, don’t resign yourself to a bare-bones garden just yet! Many plants offer wonderful color from now until the snow flies.
Create an attractive late garden by considering the rich layers of texture plants have to offer. Changes in flowers, foliage or bark brings each to life in a unique way. Combining these elements takes your yard from dull to vibrant for the remainder of summer and through fall.
Is Fall A Good Time To Plant Trees?
Yes! Our trees are available for planting at any time throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. In August, both deciduous trees (which lose their leaves in the fall) and evergreens are getting ready for dormancy by storing water and food in preparation for the big push in spring.
Keep in mind that newly planted trees and shrubs require some special care at first. Watering is key! Plan to hand water two to three times per week right up to Halloween, and be sure to resume your watering regime as early as possible in the spring.*
Don’t let this scare you. We’ve got your back, and will review these steps with you and send home a copy of our planting and watering instructions when you purchase your trees. Follow the guidelines and you’ll have a successfully established landscape that will be beautiful for years to come.
*Pro Tip: Why Watering Systems Fail Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs
When you bring a new tree or shrub home, its roots are contained in the root ball, and must grow before they can reach water. It takes an entire growing season for roots to extend past the limits of a pot or wire basket and beyond the canopy of the leaves to collect rainwater.
In order to survive, newly planted trees and shrubs need one gallon per foot of height applied directly over the root ball, two to three times per week. Using a watering bag, soaker hose or slow hand watering are the best ways to accomplish that.