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*Winter is a Great Time to Plant!*

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weather makes late fall and winter excellent times to plant most woody
plants and many perennials. In most areas of the state, the soil
temperatures are warm enough to allow planting and root growth. Do not plant
into frozen soils or before weather freezes soils, but this seldom happens
in most parts of Georgia.

Planting during the winter gives plants several months of cooler, wetter
weather to allow plants to recover from transplanting before they must
endure our hot, blistering Georgia summers. Encouraging home owners to allow
you to install plants in the fall and winter can give them a healthier plant
and may provide work for you and your crews at a slower time of the year.

UGA has numerous publications that may help you to select, place and install
plants at this time of year.

Proper soil preparation and planting procedures can make the difference
between a healthy, long living plant and a sickly or dead plant. Once the
plant is in the ground, you will not usually have the chance to remedy
mistakes made during planting. The UGA publication Soil Preparation and
Planting Procedures for Ornamental Plants in the
help you to plant so as to give the plant the greatest chance for

*Planting trees properly* by Dr. Kim Coder, UGA Professor of Community
Forestry shares tips on establishing healthy trees. Read his article
You may learn some surprising things about the best way to plant a tree!

*Proper plant selection* is important in long term plant success. Many
plantings fail before they even begin because the wrong plant is selected!
Select plants based upon the site – not just personal preference, cost or
other factors. Analyze the site for these characteristics and select plants
that are adapted to the site’s conditions for the best chance of success:

   - Sun/partial shade/shade
   - Well or poorly drained & Irrigated or non-irrigated
   - Soil type and compaction
   - Ultimate size of plant desired – width and height
   - Proximity to other plants, buildings, paving, etc.

Use these guides from UGA to select:

Shrubs, trees, ground covers and

Perennial flowers<>

Annual flowers<>

Flowering bulbs<>

Ground covers<>

Deer-tolerant ornamental

Water in the landscape is more of an issue than in the past. Properly
planning and planting a landscape can help plants develop a strong vigorous
root system that resists drought, makes efficient use of available water and
encourages vigorous plant growth.  These publications from UGA can help you
plan, plant and maintain a healthy, water efficient landscape.

Seven Steps to a Water-Wise

Water Saving Tips When Planning a New

Proper Planting Results in Healthy, Water-Efficient

Managing a Water-Wise

Efficient Landscape Irrigation

Developing a WaterSmart

Using Water Wisely with Automated Irrigation

Winter Protection of Ornamental
information on preparing plants to withstand cold winter weather.
Preventing cold damage is important since the damage cannot be undone once
it has happened. After the plant is damaged by cold the plant must grow out
of the injury, if it is still healthy enough.

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Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
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Athens, Ga 30602
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