When it comes to planting and gardening in Missouri, often, spring is the time of year that comes to mind. However, what you may not know is that when it comes to planting trees, shrubs, bulbs, and flowers, there is another time of year to consider; we are talking about fall; just before old man winter sets in and just after temperatures back off from the summer heat wave.
Why is fall the best time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs and even flowers in Columbia? It may seem that planting before winter, when things die, is counterproductive. But the plants actually don’t die; plants typically go dormant in the winter. What this means is that the roots are still very much alive and growing through the cold months while the top of the plant may seem ‘dead’. This is what leads to the fall being an ideal time to plant trees, shrubs, bulbs, and flowers.
Trees that are good to plant:
- silver Maple (pictured)
- honey locust
- shingle oak
Bulbs that are good to plant:
- autumn crocus
- spider lily
Flowers that are good to plant:
- rose of Sharon
- blue star
- japanese anemone
When planting in the fall, plant early on so the root of the tree, shrub, bulb or flower has just enough time to plant its’ roots in the soil. Then, when the plant goes dormant for the winter, the plant’s root system continues to establish itself. This can lead to a strong and healthy spring blossom by your newly planted landscape.
Landscaping should be a year-round activity, especially in Missouri. If you need help getting your lawn ready for the winter or want to make sure it has a strong spring, give us a call. We will work with you to make sure your landscape is taken care of, as well as provide guidance to create the best yard possible. It doesn’t take much work to set your yard up for a strong spring, it just requires a little know-how!