Do your plant selection, soil preparation, and planting soon to give the selected plants time to adapt and develop larger root systems during the dormant time of the rest of the plant.

By this Spring, they will be somewhat established in their new spot and be ready to do some real developing as the ground warms up and the sun hits the branches and leaves. 

Add proper moisture from hose or rainfall, and your plants should take off as expected during the spring and summer season.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed in horticultural pursuits, but if you have selected healthy plants, a proper growing environment, good soil, and proven planting techniques, the majority of your hoped for results should be successful.

When shopping for plants, look them over carefully for signs of insect damage, freeze damage and mechanical handling injuries to get off to a good start. Pick only plants that are adaptive to your proposed sites, not just because of their attractiveness.

Consider their potential growth size in regard to your preferred planting location particularly if that site is near to a fence, building, pool, walk or other trees. Be aware of how much sun is preferred by various plants.

Soil testing is always of value in the long term as different plants have different needs in minerals and fertilizers.

Deficiencies of this sort are best known early so that amendments may be included in the planting process. Many bought plants will have originated in and prefer different soil environments than your own, so study up on what may be required in their new site for ultimate beauty.

Although you may want an extraordinarily different look in your yard, at least take the time to look around your neighborhood for identifying plants that you like that are doing well. They will probably do well for you, too.

Try not to be too exotic in your selections although contrasting sizes and colors can be the basis for a grand look. A yard with multiple shades and sizes of green can be very inviting, then even better with some seasonal flower blossoms.

Remember that much greenery doesn’t have to be replanted but blossoming plants often do.

For more information check out txmg.org/johnson or aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu.

Monte Swatzell lives in

Cleburne. He is a volunteer

for Texas AgriLife Extension,

a Wildbunch Writer and a

Johnson County Master Gardener.

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