When is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?
Fall is always the best time to plant trees and shrubs, usually October through November. Planting during this time period will give the plant time to develop a healthy root system before the summer heat arrives. Planting during early spring (February-March) is okay as well.

Should trees be staked when they are planted?
Most trees do not need to be staked, but in windy locations (like the entire state of Oklahoma) then they should be staked. It is important to remove the stakes 6 months after planting. Otherwise, it could weaken the trunk of the tree and roots may not develop the ability to anchor themselves into the soil properly.

Do newly planted trees need to be mulched?
New trees and shrubs need plenty of moisture. Lack of water is the main cause of severe stress to newly planted trees. Mulch is a tree’s best friend, period! It stands guard when you can’t keep a tree healthy. Mulch insulates the soil, retains moisture, keeps out weeds, prevents soil compaction, reduces lawn mower damage, and adds an aesthetic touch to a yard or street.

What is the best time of year to plant trees in Oklahoma? I’m concerned that hot summer’s here might be too hard on the new trees.
Hot weather coupled with the stress of being transplanted can really affect new trees. The best times to plant are spring and fall or anytime in winter when the ground is not frozen. You can plant now, or wait until fall when the weather is cooler.

Which shrubs do best in the shade?
Aucuba, Azaleas, Boxwoods, Hollies, and Yews are some selections. The Boxwoods will tolerate some shade but do still need good light in the area. There are not an abundance of shrubs that do well in very low light. We get requests for shrubs that grow in the shade and bloom, most plants that bloom need good light. Most of the other shrubs will tolerate full sun here. Many are fine with afternoon sun but are happier in the heat of summer with a little protection.