When is the Best Time for Landscaping in Georgia? Fayetteville, McDonough, Jonesboro, Atlanta... (GA)
Even though spring is the season most often associated with planting, you can plant year-round in Georgia. In general, Duncan's encourages landscaping, especially most deciduous tree installations to be done during the late fall/winter months in our area when the rate of water loss from planted trees and shrubs is much less than if installed in the spring and summer months. A fall/winter installation in our area gives the plants time to become established before the summer’s heat, humidity and water stresses begin. As you may have imagined, winter is when the demand for landscaping is at a yearly low, and therefore it’s much easier to get your upcoming project done much faster. In the spring and summer months, the demand becomes much higher and we get backed up with projects very rapidly. In the fall and winter there is a much better selection of plants at the growers. In the spring and summer selection may be scarce. Winter is a great time to get your yard or garden landscape project on the fast track to
completion. If you want to enjoy your yard in the spring, you’ll need to think ahead and begin planting in the fall. Step one is a landscape plan that will break down the steps needed to refurbish your yard, from deciding whether to prune, move or eliminate overgrown shrubs to selecting the right plants according to color, growth patterns and maintenance concerns. Beautiful plants can spend the winter dormant, ready to burst into color when the temperature is right. If you mulch in the fall, you’ll provide your plantings with good insulation for the winter and you’ll enjoy the aesthetics of a clean ground cover in the meantime.
Another feature which provides hours of family fun would be the addition of a fire pit and maybe a patio. It's great to huddle around a warm outdoor fire on a cold winter evening eating s'mores and telling ghost stories.
Fall is also a great time for new pond/water feature installations. Cooler temperatures mean less stress on fish, which makes it easier for them to acclimate and thrive in their new environment. Since stresses also responsible for a host of fish diseases, you’ll also have fewer health concerns. The water temperature is cooler as well, which means you’ll have fewer problems. It will give the pond a chance to stabilize before spring. Here in Georgia we run our water features year-round, so its not like you won't be able to enjoy it even in the winter, and when it becomes spring you'll be ready to enjoy a full season of pondering. So even though spring typically brings out the gardener in everyone, now you can see why fall might be an even better time to get a head start on your landscaping! If you’re thinking about a landscape rejuvenation or want to find out how we can create a beautifully landscaped space for you to enjoy year-round, let us know. We want to help turn your outdoor dreams into reality. Winters in Georgia are mild and short lived, and before you know it, the sunshine will be back. Planting a new garden and watching your landscape come to life in the spring is exciting!
By Gary Duncan