It’s strange at this time of year that many people ask when is the best time to plant trees and shrubs. Probably a lot of this is due to confusion over the weather this year changing from hot to cold / drought to wet conditions. We have the wettest “drought” in living history!
Generally, there really is not a bad time to plant but as a rule of thumb, it’s never a good idea to plant when the ground is completely solid e.g. with harsh frost or snow. Other than that, there are no excuses not to get those trees and shrubs in the ground.
I think most would agree that now, spring 2012, is an excellent time for planting with the ground being so moist from the many downpours. The mild/cold weather means minimum effort when planting trees and shrubs.
Structural plants are just coming out of dormancy (yes very late this year – we would say at least 3 weeks behind the norm due to cold weather in April/May). As the plants come out of dormancy and are planted, they establish their roots in the ground and most trees and shrubs will love these moist conditions – just make sure soil not too waterlogged.
With these optimum conditions NOW is the time to stop procrastinating and get out in the garden, brave the weather and get those plants in the ground…
Follow our tips for planting and maintaining plants: REMEMBER THESE IMPORTANT STEPS REGULARLY FEED, WEED, PRUNE AND WATER YOUR PLANTS AND BE CONSISTENT WITH MAINTENANCE. GOOD LUCK & HAPPY GARDENING!