It is important to consider your timing when it comes to landscaping because a plant planted at the wrong time can fail – and easily.

To get the most out of your new crop of plants, make sure to plant them in the right environment and at the right time to ensure their success.

Trees actually add a lot of value to your property – but they also aren’t cheap to install. So, to ensure they survive, you want to plant at a time when the roots will have enough time to get established. Proper establishment of the roots will be prohibited by high heat, low temperatures, and lack of water. For most locations, late summer/early fall is a prime time to plant.

Once winter comes around, the roots are established enough to withstand the winter – in some areas, the roots remain active – and as spring comes around, the roots are likely to flourish.

In cold climates, the best time to plant is dramatically shorter to warmer climates, so one must act fast. Early spring is usually the best time – when the ground is thawed and there is enough time for new roots to take hold before the ground freezes again.

In warm climates, especially the American South, fall is the best time to plant trees. The ground is warm enough for roots to grow and take hold of the ground and as the fall sets in, it gets cool enough that the trees stay dormant – requiring less food. But if dry winters arise, frequent and thorough watering is required.