Can Privacy Trees Be Planted in the Fall?

Privacy trees can add a beautiful screen around your property, blocking the view of your house and outdoor living areas. If you are looking for a sustainable option for privacy, trees like cedars, cypress and evergreens that are wide and densely branched can give you a natural fencing. However, to ensure your new privacy trees thrive, you want to ensure you plant them correctly. Fall is a great time to plant most privacy trees, if you do not wait too long.

Why Fall Is a Perfect Time for Planting Trees

During the winter months, many trees are dormant. They put less energy into foliage and work on enhancing their root system. This makes fall a wonderful time to add trees to your yard. The soil is still warm, yet it is not too hot. Small trees can be planted and begin the dormant period of winter in their new home. During the winter months, the roots will take hold and create a secure base for these young trees to grow.

Once the trees are planted, mulch should be added to protect and insulate the roots as they grow during the winter. By spring, a decent root system should be established, and the trees can begin their growth season. Many privacy trees are known for their quick growth – some grow 2-3 feet per year when given the right environment and care.

If you want to begin building a screen around your yard with privacy trees, fall is a great time to plant. Contact your local landscaping service to discuss the best privacy trees for your needs – many landscapers offer delivery and planting services as well.

Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 360-5604

Which Bulbs Should Be Planted in the Fall?

Gorgeous flowers and certain vegetables require some planning to grow. Plants with bulbs often need to be planted the previous fall to enjoy the bounty the next year. If you want many of the favorite spring flowers or hardy plants like garlic, you need to plan ahead and plant in the fall. Why do bulbs need to be planted so early? For many, it is because they need a cooling time in the ground before they will sprout. While they may begin to grow roots quickly after being planted, they stay dormant through the winter until they begin flowering in the spring. Here is a breakdown of bulbs that need fall planting and the best way to ensure they thrive next year.

  • Tulips
  • Daffodils
  • Allium
  • Hyacinth
  • Crocus
  • Snowdrop
  • Garlic

You can buy new bulbs to plant or use bulbs from existing plants to create new plants for the following year. You will want to dig up existing plants and let the bulbs dry for a few weeks before replanting.

Tips for Planting Bulbs

While many bulb plants need to be planted in the fall, the best month depends on the region where you live. Colder regions may need to plant in early fall, while warm regions may need to wait until late fall. In areas without any frost or cold weather, it may be necessary to plant bulbs in container and keep in a refrigerator for several weeks to create a “winter” cooling period. Most bulbs should be planted about 6-8” deep with fertilizer for the best results.

Not sure when to plant your favorite bulbs? Contact your landscaper and ask about planting a bulb garden this fall.

Posted on behalf of:
Lane Landscaping
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(770) 609-4510

Are You Ready To Do Some Fall Planting?

Spring isn’t the only season for seasonal planting. In fact, many plants and trees root even better if they are planted in the fall. In mild areas like the southeast, fall can be the ideal time to plant several varieties of trees and bushes. So before you put away your gardening tools, consider adding some of these fall-specific plants to your landscaping design before winter arrives.

Bare-rooted Plants

Many plants, trees and shrubs can be purchased with bare roots, making fall the best time to plant. Roses, fruit trees and some perennials like daylilies are often sold with bare roots. By planting in the fall, they are able to establish their roots through the dormant season. Soak the roots in water for 24 hours, then plant in moist soil.

Balled-and-Burlapped Trees

The balled-and-burlapped method of transplanting trees is often used by nurseries. The trees are dug up during the summer, then have their roots burlapped until they can be replanted. It’s best to plant these trees in the dormant season, usually between October and March. The digging up process can cause stress on the trees, so planting them in the fall gives them time to recover before spring.

Container Planting

Although you can usually plant from containers any time of year, many of these types of plants do well when transplanted in the fall. Often, trees or shrubs bought in containers need extra moisture to flourish, so the cool, moist autumn ground creates ideal growing conditions.

Trees and shrubs are two of the most popular items to plant in the fall. Talk to your landscaping professional about what trees, bushes and shrubs would enhance your yard and grow well in your soil. Your landscaper can help you get these plants in the ground before winter, to be ready to start their first growing season next spring.

Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone, Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping