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What Is the Best Time of the Year for Landscaping?

Landscaping has many benefits. A beautiful and serene landscape will work wonders for the look and feel of your property, boosting its value. Your landscape will provide you with a space to unwind and relax everyday.

Most plants, flowers, and shrubs do not react well with fluctuations in temperature. They thrive when the weather is comfortable – neither too hot nor too cold. To ensure your efforts do not go in vain and your landscaping project is a success, you need to choose the right time for landscaping.

Working on your landscape in winter or summer would mean your plants will be subjected to extreme temperatures. Landscape designers in Sonoma County agree that mid spring and early fall good seasons for landscaping as temperatures are neither too high nor too low.

Comfortable temperatures allow plants and shrubs to establish their root systems. Plants and flowers with established root systems are well equipped to survive the summer heat. Additionally, soil temperatures are favorable, and moisture content is optimum during fall. Plants and flowers planted in the fall do not have to work too hard to draw in water and other nutrients from the soil.  In general soil, temperatures above 50 degrees are best for root development and growth.

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Some cold tolerant annuals to plant in the fall are Iceland Poppy, Nemesia, Pansies, Cyclamen, and Primrose. Fall is also the best season to divide and replant perennials (except those in mid-bloom).

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Timing is not the only thing to consider. You must also make an effort to learn about and choose the right plants and flowers for your yard and climate. Before embarking on a landscaping project, learn the correct way to plant and water flowers and plants.

The next best season for landscaping is spring. Many people prefer planting in the spring, which makes sense as spring weather is relatively comfortable. If you are planning to plant in spring, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

The first and unarguably the most important consideration when planting in the spring is ground conditions. Before you plant in the spring, make sure the ground conditions are perfect. The ground should not be too wet from spring rains, or your plants may not survive. Some cold tolerant annuals such as violas, pansies, and primroses continue to perform well in the spring and fade as hot weather begins.

Do not plant plants and delicate flowers that aren’t tolerant to heat in the latter part of spring as they may struggle to draw nutrients and ultimately perish.

Gardenworks Inc. is a leading landscape contractor in Sonoma County. Our landscape designs combine old-world charm with modern elegance. We leverage our expertise and experience to bring our customers’ landscape dreams to life. To discuss your project with a landscaping professional, call us at (707) 857-2050.