It’s Winter, So Let’s Wait

Last week, a client who had contracted for a considerable amount of landscape work, made this comment to us.

“It is the rainy season and it is so cold and wet, I am not sure about having the landscape work done now. Maybe, it would be better to wait till it’s warmer and dryer, possibly in April or May? On second thought, I think that we should go ahead and do the hardscape work, but let’s wait until the spring for the planting work.”

There are three reasons why it would be a good idea to install a new landscape during the rainy season (Fall/Winter):

  • If you have drainage issues, the rains will show you where they are.
  • The ground is soft and malleable now. It’s not difficult to dig for paths, pavers and so on. In the summer months, the ground is like concrete and becomes very difficult to dig.
  • Landscapers need to have work for their employees all year around. We only stop work when the ground is frozen or when there is a blanket of snow.

Here are three reasons why it is better to plant most plants during the rainy season:

  • In the rainy season, new plants are dormant, so they will not grow leaves, but instead will modestly grow new roots. This process allows new plants to begin rooting out into the surrounding soil when there is abundant moisture.
  • Because it is cool and moist weather, leaf transpiration (process of moving water from roots to leaves, where it is evaporated into the air) for evergreen plants is at a minimum. For the deciduous or herbaceous plants, there will be no transpiration at all.
  • It is the best time of the year to transplant existing plants because:
    • they will have minimal new top growth which, would force the damaged/cut roots to supply more moisture to the leaves, which they could not physically do.
    • they will have the opportunity to grow new roots out into the surrounding soil before the onset of the dry season

One reason we get the idea all planting and landscaping needs to take place in the spring is that annuals, veggies and flowering plants are confused with shrubs, trees and perennials, as to when is the best time to plant them.

This is probably because in all but the very esoteric cases, all annuals especially seeds, which most people want to plant, must be planted in the spring to be successful in the western Oregon.

I hope this clears a few things up for you. Here’s another reason to start your landscaping project now – you’ll jump to the top of our list!

 

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