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How to Select and Plant Shrubs in the Fall

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Plant shrubs like rhododendrons this fall.

Shrubs come in many varieties and can add stunning beauty and design to your landscape. When selecting your new shrubs, there are many factors to consider, including privacy, contrast, texture, shade, and flowers. Once you’ve selected shrubs, you have to decide when to plant a shrub to encourage healthy growth. While many people may associate spring and summer with planting and landscaping, the fall season can actually be the best time of year to plant shrubs. Read on to learn more about why fall is many times desirable for planting and how you can select the best shrubs for your landscape. 

Why Plant Shrubs in the Fall?

Fall is great for planting because the soil is still warm, but the air temperature is lower. These factors are very helpful in helping hardy shrubs establish robust root systems. Additionally, pest populations are lower, and tall summer weeds are reduced while fall rains ensure that the plant has adequate moisture. 

It can also be great for landscapers to plant shrubs during the fall because there are fewer landscaping tasks they need to juggle. Taking some time to plant new shrubs and enjoy the process can help you relax during these last days of cool, comfortable weather this fall. 

How to Choose the Best Shrubs to Plant

Before you plant shrubs, you should consider which will go best with your landscaping plan. Consider the following factors for your shrubs: 

  • Contrast and texture: consider how the colors of the leaves or flowers of your shrub complement surrounding plants and trees
  • Privacy: Selecting tall, leafy shrubs can provide you with a privacy barrier
  • Shade: If you want a quick shade solution, consider planting fast growing shrubs
  • Flowers and Scent: consider how your shrub’s flowers and scent will influence your landscape
  • Wind and Noise Screening: large shrubs can provide screening from wind and noise
  • Wildlife: some shrubs offer flowers for pollinators, seasonal nesting sites for birds, and provide shelter from predators or extreme weather

Once you have selected the optimum shrubs for your landscape, you can begin to plant these shrubs this fall and enjoy them into the next year and beyond. 

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Scientific Plant Service, located in Baltimore, is a privately owned corporation, chartered in Maryland in 1957 by Frank J. Burke. We started as a full-service Arborists specializing in the care of shade trees and ornamental shrubs, but today we are a Lawn Care company that is a huge part of the community. From aquatic environments and snow management to deer and mole control, SPS has services tailored specifically for your lawn and landscape.

We offer services in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, including: Harford, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Calvert counties in MD, as well as Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church in VA. For more information, contact us online, or call us at 410-321-0970. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest!

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