Despite a recent surge in heat and humidity, we have had a few hints of the fall season coming up on us. That raises a question: what does a proactive landscaping approach look like this time of year?
The answer: plant large trees and evergreens.
Here’s why: the fall brings lower ground and air temperatures, resulting in rates of evaporation that decrease significantly. This allows more moisture to be retained over a longer period of time—a key fundamental to properly establishing a root system.
Also keep in mind that before the ground freezes, it is important to apply anti-desiccant sprays (Wilt-Pruf is recommended) to minimize the moisture loss to transpiration, as cold winter winds are able to pull moisture out of the still-living plant tissues.
When spring rolls around, as the ground unfreezes (along with the snowpack), there is moisture available to help kick-start your tree’s growth for the next season.
P.S. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Rotary Rally at The Depot a few weekends ago! McAdam Landscaping is a proud supporters of the organization—and our president (Scott Sr.) is a past president of the Oak Park and River Forest Rotary chapter.
This "Ask the Plant Expert" installment appeared in the Wednesday Journal on Sept. 9, 2015.