The Q&A Archives: late fall , tree and shrub planting

Question: i recently purchased some trees and shrubs from h/d . is it too late to plant them or can i store them in the basement for the winter? will they survive if i dont plant them?

Answer: It is usually better to plant them rather than try to keep them indoors for the winter. As long as the ground is still workable, meaning not too frozen to dig, you can still plant. Make sure to water thoroughly at planting to settle any air pockets, and then mulch generously over the root area with organic mulch. The mulch should be in a flat layer and should not touch the trunk. Next spring and summer, continue watering if needed to keep the soil evenly moist while they become rooted and established. Good luck with your new plants!

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