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Best Time to Plant Shrubs in New Jersey

Best Time to Plant Shrubs in New Jersey

Best Time to Plant Shrubs in New Jersey

Dig the planting hole two-to-three times the width of the pot or root ball and only as deep. The lateral space is the most important part of preparing the hole as it is the area in which the roots will expand --the wider the space, the more easily they will adapt. Good soil will be rich in minerals which appear as tiny sparkly spots in dark, moist earth. "Loamy" soil will temporarily stay in a loose ball in your hand. Make sure to loosen the soil along the bottom and sides of the hole with your shovel.Fall is the perfect time to plant new trees, shrubs and perennials in the garden as the soil is warmer than in the spring. Planting in the fall until October 15 gives trees and shrubs about 6-8 weeks for roots to become established before the hard frosts of December. Roots will still grow in the late fall temperatures of about 40 degrees.

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Even if you don’t plan to adjust your landscape this fall, Jager recommends applying about 3 inches of mulch now to protect the ground from cold weather. Mulch acts as an insulator through the winter, so now is also the best time to lay mulch in a perennial garden. In the spring, putting down a heavy layer of decorative mulch risks damage to the crowns of plants just starting to come up, Jager says. When adding trees and shrubs to your landscape, planting in the fall offers several benefits. It's an ideal time for you, as all the hard gardening work of spring and the upkeep of summer will be winding down - plus it's the best time for the tree. The combination of warm soil and cool air stimulates root growth to help your tree or shrub get established before the ground freezes. In the fall, trees and shrubs are either sold in containers or with root balls, where the root and soil is wrapped in burlap (often called "balled-and-burlapped"). Planting them is easy. Just follow these simple steps.

The term native plant is fluid and can have many different meanings. In general, native plants are species that were present at the beginning of the European settlement of North America. These plants , over time, have evolved to grow in a specific region. Native plants have established complex relationships with other native plants, insects and animals, some of which are dependent on one another to thrive. Generally, native plants naturally occur within a radius of 100 miles of your area and many can do well with a minimum of care once established. When adding trees and shrubs to your landscape, planting in the fall offers several benefits. It's an ideal time for you, as all the hard gardening work of spring and the upkeep of summer will be winding down - plus it's the best time for the tree. The combination of warm soil and cool air stimulates root growth to help your tree or shrub get established before the ground freezes. In the fall, trees and shrubs are either sold in containers or with root balls, where the root and soil is wrapped in burlap (often called "balled-and-burlapped"). Planting them is easy. Just follow these simple steps. (Source: www.miraclegro.com)

 

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