To Plant or To Not Plant: Winter Edition

To Plant or To Not Plant: Winter Edition

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!Can I plant tress and shrubs in the Winter

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! 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:

  • Mulch. Adding mulch to any new plant will help insulate sensitive root systems and promote
    new root growth.
  • Consider Compost. Mixing in an organic compost material with the native soil will supply
    nutrients to the developing root system.
  • 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. Click here to learn more about this
program and schedule yours for 2020. Click here to learn more about this program and schedule yours for 2020.