Winter planting for spring and summer enjoyment

Covington's Nursery winter planting plant dormant tree in winter
Plant dormant trees in winter. Photos by Joe Covington.

Even though winter can be dreary, we have hope with spring right around the corner.

It’s hard to get excited at this time of the year, but when you think back to how long, hot and dry our summers are you start to appreciate the chill in the air.

Joe Covington, Covington's Nursery, Rowlett, winter plantings
Winter plantings.

Really, our winters are mild in comparison to other parts of the country.  This is the time for plants to sleep.  Now, with the sap down, the root systems can gather starches to fortify them for the ensuing spring’s leafing out period.

For this reason, there is no transplant shock when planting during the winter, nor is there need for panic to water each and every day.

Trees and shrubs are easily maintained in the cool weather while they strengthen their root systems in order to withstand the next summer’s inevitable heat.

As an added bonus to planting now, it is much, much easier for us humans to be out digging in the yard with nature’s “air conditioner” running!

Covington's Nursery Rowlett, winter plantings
After spring leafing out.

So, if you are dreaming of a beautiful landscaped garden this spring and summer, heed the advice of the pros….Plant now and enjoy your garden for many summers to come!

Blue Ribbon News special contributor Joe Covington is the owner of Covington’s Nursery & Landscape Company at 5518 President George Bush Highway (formerly Liberty Grove) in Rowlett.

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