Asked on Oct 5, 2017

Is it okay to have new plants installed in late fall, if not is spring

Holly Kinchlea-BrownAmandaNancy Turner


I am about to have a large landscaping job performed. I live in Massachusetts. Landscaper plans to plant flowering bushes, perrenials and deciduous shrubs which are costly and in the contract it states "they are not responsible for plants that do not make it over the winter." I need to know if plants put in the ground will survive if planted late fall. Thank you

4 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Oct 5, 2017

    That is a very difficult question to answer. Fall is a good time to plant,however plants will still need water for the root system to take.
  • Nancy Turner
    on Oct 5, 2017

    It depends on if they have a chance to start the roots taking hold and growing enough for them to survive the frost and freeze that will be coming. Check with someone else not associated with the landscapers you are using (a second opinion) on if some or all of the plants to be put in should wait until spring, if it is ok now, what you should do to protect them over the winter so they don't die.
  • Amanda
    on Oct 5, 2017

    Hello. Typically fall is a good time to plant. I would make sure to keep them watered well. I am sure you could loss a few depending on how bad of a winter you have. You make wire cages from chicken wire and put them around the plants. Then fill with leaves as a installation.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown
    on Oct 5, 2017

    depends upon your definition of late fall....if there remains approx 6 weeks before major frost and/or snow, you should be okay for the majority to winter over.
    • G Durrane
      on Oct 5, 2017

      Thank you. I'm not on the schedule to begin the project yet. I do not want them to start the project late in November and as soon as they are finished we get a hard frost. I will discuss this with landscaper.
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