It is the spring time and time to see the flowers bloom; their colors blend, and keep your garden beautiful. Spring planting season depends on the area you live in and its weather during any given time. A good resource to use is http://www.todayshomeowner.com/spring-planting-time/ which helps with temperatures in forty-eight states of the United States. However, the website warns us that each region of the country is different, and even within a specific area there may be large fluctuations due to factors like altitude and terrain.
While the specific times are different, overall, as Steve Smith, CPH writes, mid and late spring would be April, May, and June. (http://www.wsnla.org/timeforspringplanting.htm).
Anne Kellas writes, before the first seedling can be carefully placed, the soil must be prepared or what starts as a garden full of promise can end up as a desolate weed patch.
She shares the wisdom of Brian Critchley – Brian Critchley of Agromin, the Oxnard-based company that makes soil amendments by composting and other natural methods, who said the soil in Ventura County tends to be either sandy or clay. “You’re better off with clay loam than a sandy loam. A clay loam has nutrients and organics, while sandy loam doesn’t. Organics take a long time to leach into the soil,” he said. (http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/apr/14/its-time-to-prepare-for-spring-planting/#ixzz2Mg6WrpSJ ).
Furthermore, she adds more advice which recommends that gardeners with dense clay soil recognize that it is the type of soil that clumps and doesn’t lend itself to planting because roots have difficulty penetrating the ground.
Aside from the preparation of soil, there is not a whole lot to planting. According to Michael J. McGroarty, installing new plants and having them grow successfully is not difficult, nor is it as complicated as some would have you think. Is it as easy as just digging a hole and setting the plant in? Yes, it certainly can be. ( http://www.gardenguides.com/901-spring-planting-tips.html#ixzz2Mg9FdCz2).
Moreover, he adds a very important tip to those new to planting. Here’s the critical part. If your soil is heavy clay, he highly suggests that you raise the planting bed at least 8in with good rich topsoil. If you can’t do that for some reason, install the plant so that at least 2in or more of the root ball is above the existing grade and mound the soil over the root ball. Keep in mind that plants installed this way could dry out over the summer, but planting them flush with the ground in heavy clay can mean that the roots will be too wet at other times of the year. (http://www.gardenguides.com/901-spring-planting-tips.html#ixzz2MgCCnkhw).
Finally, it is important to support your plants. Staking newly planted trees is always a good idea. If your new tree constantly rocks back and forth when the wind blows it will have a very difficult time establishing new roots into the existing soil. You can use a wooden stake, a fence post, or for small trees use 1/2in electro magnetic tubing, (conduit), available at any hardware store. http://www.gardenguides.com/901-spring-planting-tips.html#ixzz2MgDTeoH2