The Q&A Archives: How late in the year will shrubs be okay to be planted

Question: I just planted a Golden Vicary Privet, a Pink Delight Butterfly Bush, a Froebeli Pink Spirea, and a wintergreen Korean Boxwood in my yard. Will they be okay for the winter on their own? What do I need to do to prepare them for winter?

Answer: I would suggest you use a thick layer of organic mulch in late fall, and make sure they are well watered (if needed to supplement rain) until the ground freezes. The soil should be damp but not sopping wet or saturated both this fall and again next summer while they are new and becoming established. If they are in a windy spot you might want to provide a windbreak for the boxwood this winter. Do not fertilize them until next spring. Good luck wiht your plants.

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