Is it too late to plant and mulch shrubs or should we wait for spring.

Asked October 3, 2016, 2:18 PM EDT

Our condo needs to plant Little Devil Ninebark, Rosy Glow Barberry, Lilies Stella De Oro and Rosey Returns. We have received conflicting info from bidders. One says the present is the perfect time to plant and the says he wouldn't warranty the plants if he plants now rather than spring. Hour mulching be done simultaneously? Don Willer

Ramsey County Minnesota shrubs planting dates daylillies

1 Response

Thank you for the question. Depending on our fall weather conditions, it is probably OK to plant now. However, if the weather turns cold very fast, there is risk to the new plantings because they won't have developed a proper root structure to last through the winter. You will have to decide how much risk you are willing to take. This question has been asked before so I will paste the answer here:
"It's OK to plant most hardy trees, shrubs and perennials through mid-October or even early November, depending upon local conditions. Generally speaking, it's best not to wait until the last minute. Transplants need time to develop roots before the ground freezes.

If you plant this fall, mulch the root zones and be sure to keep the transplants well watered until the ground freezes."

Learn more here:
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sites/www.extension.iastate.edu/files/grundy/InsideGrundyCountyAugust292008.pdf