We have a small gargae type building in urban NYC... and next to it is a
plot of land(part of the property) which gets a lot of sun. We're
converting the garge to resedentail/studio space and would LOVE to
landscape the empty land. (it's about 60 feet x 20 feet)... with some
trees, shrubs..bit of grass etc.
QUESTION. can you begin a landscasping project like this in late JULY...
or do we have to wait till next SPRING?
thanx for suggestions!!
firstname.lastname@example.org (jeffrey lohn) wrote in
If you're truly doing it by yourself, you could take the time now to
prepare the soil really well, and then plant in the fall or early spring
'06. You'll find the best selection of plant material in early spring.
Soil prep would might include solarizing and amending thoroughly, as well
as general litter pickup and hardscape improvements.
David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
Although you can plant anytime, there is usually a lot of extra TLC needed
at this time of year. If it is hot (like it is today in NYC), plants go
through tremendous stress.
I would wait till spring. You could do it in the fall if you can't wait
until spring. In the meantime, it would be a good time to prep the soil. I
think adding ammendments, tilling them in (by hand or machine), then letting
the bed sit until spring would be the way to go.
You can do your landscaping from now til fall. Prior to plants being
potted they were bare roots and only available in the early spring.
Potted plants extend the landscaping season. Enjoy your new
Fall can be a great time to plant and you can often find deep discounts on
trees and shrubs because nurseries don't want to carry them over until
spring. This is a good time to come up with a design and prep the area.
The other responders have covered most of it for you. However, I see
no mention of grass. I find that late summer or fall is the best time
to start new lawn. There is no weed competition and the cool nights
are great for the new lawn.
Be sure to cover the new seed with straw and water, water, water.
Never let the seeds or new grass sprouts dry out.
You will be rewarded in the spring with lush new lawn that can form
the base for any other landscaping you choose.
After you check the soil for contaniments you can begin amending it and
probably plant a cover crop now and again in the fall. You will have to
turn it under before it goes to seed.
I'm not familiar with the weather conditions there so I can't advise on
what plants might do well at this time of year if there are any.
Travis in Shoreline (just North of Seattle) Washington
USDA Zone 8
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