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.


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.


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