Question: We planted some Washington Hawthorn shrubs last fall. It was cold when we planted them, then we had a few days of warmer weather and they budded out. We are going to try to replant this fall - again! How can we make sure they don't bud out again? We planted, fertlized and watered them - should we not fertilize in the fall?
Answer: Trees and shrubs have a better survival rate when transplanted in the spring, fall, or early winter months, mostly to take advantage of the cooler weather and natural rainfall. If you're transplanting your hawthorns this fall, hold off on the fertilizer until next spring when new growth begins. The plants will bud out when the weather prompts them to, so you'll have to take your cue as to when to move them from your weather patterns. You can transplant anytime the ground is not frozen. Wait until after your first frost of the season, but before the first snowfall to move them, to avoid the possibility of their budding prematurely. Crataegus phaenopyrum, Washington Hawthorn, can grow 25'-30' high with a 20'-25' spread so be sure to give each plant plenty of room!
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