While many people associate gardening with the vibrant blooms of spring and the lush growth of summer, fall is a hidden gem for planting in Maryland. OakLawn Landscaping is committed to helping you understand the benefits and best practices of fall planting, ensuring that your landscape remains a source of pride and beauty throughout the year.

When to Plant Trees and Shrubs

The question of when to plant trees and shrubs is a frequent topic of discussion among gardeners. In Maryland, the climate allows for a flexible planting schedule. Fall, winter (as long as the soil isn’t frozen), and early spring are generally the most favorable times. Planting during the hot summer months can put undue stress on plants, leading to poor root development and increased susceptibility to diseases. Fall planting offers the advantage of cooler temperatures and more consistent rainfall, providing an ideal environment for root establishment.

Special Considerations for Specific Trees

When it comes to planting trees in Maryland, it’s crucial to understand that not all species have the same requirements. Some trees have unique needs that must be addressed for successful planting and growth.

  • Dogwoods and Magnolias: These trees are known for their beautiful blooms but have fleshy roots that make them sensitive to planting conditions. They are best planted in the spring when the soil is moist, and temperatures are moderate. Planting them in the fall could expose them to harsh winter conditions before they’ve had a chance to establish their root systems.
  • Willow Oaks, Tulip Poplars, and Yellowwoods: These species also have specific root structures that make them more suitable for spring planting. Willow oaks, for example, have a fibrous root system that needs time to develop, making spring the optimal planting season.

OakLawn Landscaping’s team can provide personalized advice tailored to your specific needs. Whether you’re looking to create a shaded area in your yard or add ornamental trees for aesthetic appeal, our experts can guide you on the best planting times and techniques to ensure your trees thrive in Maryland’s diverse climate.

Broadleaf Evergreens: What You Need to Know

Broadleaf evergreens are a popular choice for Maryland landscapes due to their year-round foliage. While many varieties are best planted in the spring, some can be successfully transplanted in early fall.

  • Mountain Laurel: This native Maryland shrub prefers acidic soil and partial shade. If you’re considering planting mountain laurel in the fall, ensure it receives adequate water and is mulched to retain soil moisture.
  • Boxwood and Hollies: These evergreens are more forgiving and can be planted in early fall. However, they do require deep watering, especially during dry spells, and benefit from a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.


Balled-and-Burlapped and Container-Grown Trees

Balled-and-burlapped (B&B) and container-grown trees offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to planting. In Maryland, these trees can be planted almost any time the soil isn’t frozen, making them a popular choice for homeowners looking to add greenery to their yards quickly.

  • B&B Trees: These trees are dug from the ground with their root ball intact, making it easier for them to adapt to new planting locations. Fall is an excellent time for planting B&B trees as the cooler temperatures and increased rainfall help them establish their root systems before winter.
  • Container-Grown Trees: These trees are grown in pots, making them easier to handle and plant. They can be planted almost year-round, but fall offers the advantage of cooler temperatures and more consistent rainfall, which aids in root establishment.

Fall planting is an often-overlooked but highly beneficial landscaping practice. Whether you’re looking to add new trees, shrubs, or evergreens to your Maryland property, OakLawn Landscaping has the expertise to guide you through the process. For expert guidance and tailored fall planting services, call us at (301) 854-0684 to schedule your free consultation.


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