Tips For Winter Planting

As winter slowly begins to make an appearance, you may find yourself wondering if you can still plant any last-minute shrubs, trees, and even flowers. The simple answer is: YES!

Now, with that being said, keep in mind much like bears, your lawn and landscape are entering into a hibernation stage. In agronomic terms (lawn speak), your plants are going into dormancy if you live in the northern 2/3’s of the country. This means growth will greatly slow so if you do decide to plant do not expect to see these plants do much now or until next spring. It typically takes several months for trees and shrubs and even lawns to establish roots during the growing season. As long as the ground is still soft enough to dig a hole, feel free to plant. Fall and early winter as long as the ground is not frozen is actually a good time to plant!

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Here are a few more tips to make sure your new plants have a good chance to establish roots and leaf out healthy in the spring:

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Mulch. Adding mulch to any new plant will help insulate sensitive root systems and promote new root growth.

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Consider Compost. Mixing in an organic compost material with the native soil will supply nutrients to the developing root system.

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Water. It is very beneficial to water new plants before an expected deep freeze. Doing this will allow the root system to absorb water before the ground freezes and prevents water to reach the roots.

Ensuring your plants are healthy and the roots establish is the best defense at surviving winter and growing next spring. ExperiGreen’s Tree and Shrub program offers season-long protection from insects and diseases, as well as supplying your plants with nutrients vital to maintain good health. This program will ensure your landscape remains beautiful, healthy, and vibrant.

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