True or False: Is Summer the Best Time to Landscape Your Home?

ByABC News via logo
September 29, 2011, 3:25 PM

Sept. 29, 2011 — -- False, in most parts of the United States the best time to begin a landscaping project is in the spring.

The best time to begin landscaping and planting trees, shrubs, and perennials is in the months of April and May. These spring months will give your plants the opportunity to grow and acclimate during the summer and fall. However, the next best time to begin landscaping is the fall. Always remember to avoid the winter months due to potential freezing of the ground.

Here are some helpful tips if you do attempt a fall landscaping project:

- Mulching: Insulating the roots with a few inches of mulch will conserve the plant roots and allow them to survive during the fluctuating temperatures.

- Watering: Water your plants frequently in the fall. Hydrating your plantings will help them survive the cold, dry winds in the winter months.

- Pruning: Removing broken, dead and weak branches will allow for the plant to be less affected by the damaging winter climate.

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