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Should I plant in spring or fall?

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Should I plant in spring or fall?

We get this question a lot from clients asking when the best time to plant during the year is. At Galt Landscape our answer is usually the same, plant year round. Depending on what you are planting, there are better times and seasons for each varietal and typically it is fall or spring.

Fall Planting

The main advantage to planting in the fall (August-October) is that it gives your root systems a chance to get established into the soil before the plant goes dormant in the winter time. Once the air temperatures are cooler than the soil, new root growth is encouraged which leaves a strong, established root system for next spring when it starts to grow. Typically, hardwood, container-grown (or ball and burlap/B&B) shade trees, pine trees and shrubs are most successfully planted in the fall.

Spring Planting

Bare-root plants are best planted in the spring. Simply put, bare-roots are plants that have been removed from the soil. Bare-root plants have several advantages to them including their selection, cost and availability. When you start seeing bare-roots at your local nursery in the spring, it will be the right time
to plant them. Common bare-root plants include Evergreens, Southern Magnolias, Nellie R Stevens Holly, and Vines.

Maintenance

Galt Ormiston, Owner of Galt Landscape, L.L.C. studied Horticulture Science at OSU Stillwater and Oklahoma City (OKC), and focused on Plant Science and Plant Propagation. The best reference for planting schedules can be found here. Since fall is quickly approaching and temperatures are beginning to cool, now is the time to get your property landscaped with trees and shrubs. Landscape design and landscape planting can be a daunting task for any homeowner, consulting with a landscape expert can alleviate any headache you have with your property ideas.

 

5 Steps For Planting Seeds

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The Oklahoma State University Landscape Maintenance Schedule states that most of Oklahoma can plant bedding plants, summer flowering bulbs, and annual flower seeds after the danger of frost disappears around mid-April.

For those looking for gardening advice this year we advise you to plant more seeds as opposed to buying flats of annual and seasonal color.  Not only does it save money, but is saves you energy!

5 Steps For Planting Seeds 

Step 1: Prepare Garden Bed

Prepare your plant beds by cultivating or tilling the soil to a depth of 3”-4” inches. Try to work the soil when it is wet instead of dry. A rake is a perfect tool to use in gardening preparation as it naturally creates miniature furrows for your broadcasting.

 

Step 2: Remove Topsoil

Remove the top 2” inches of soil and set it aside. Oklahoma soil is clay based and iron rich. The more iron there is in dirt, the redder it becomes! Fresh top soil is very important for nutrients to be provided for your garden.

 

Step 3: Broadcast Seeds

Broadcast your flower seeds in the area where you are wanting coverage. It’s best to randomly scatter the them by hand in your garden bed. Broadcasting by hand is easier and faster than any machine and following the furrows created by the rake offer you a perfect spot to scatter your seeds.

 

Step 4: Cover with Topsoil

Take your leftover topsoil and cover the seeds with 1”-2” inches of topsoil.

 

Step 5: Water

Water your seedlings thoroughly, but not in excess. The goal in watering is to water the ground until it looks wet, but is not soaked. Maintain watering lightly and regularly until sprouts appear.

 

Guidelines:

You can refer to individual packets for sun requirements and watering guidelines as each is a little different.