And by "now", we mean fall! Especially here in Texas, where we have relatively mild winters, the fall is the optimal time to plant trees, shrubs, hardy perennials, and even sod.
1. Trees and shrubs planted in the fall experience less drought stress. This means they are less likely to die in the first few months. Those planted in the spring are immediately challenged with surviving the Texas summer... and we all know how hard that can be!
2. Fall planting leads to better root systems. Since you're putting the plants in the ground at the time of year when they go dormant, the majority of the plant's energy goes to root growth. Better roots mean healthier and longer-living plants that can endure extreme weather better.
3. Things planted small in the fall are big in the spring! Smaller fall plants can catch up to bigger spring plants.... which means if you're on a budget, you can buy smaller sizes of shrubs and trees if you're planting in the fall with same results.
Please note that this does not apply to tropicals or tender perennials.
Podsednik Pecan Tree
Beautifully shaped, strong yard tree that also produces very large, flavorful pecans.
Knockout Rose (Double Red)
Super-showy shrub rose that blooms repeatedly and tougher than most roses. Great choice for a blooming shrub.
Mexican White Oak
Fast growing medium sized shade tree that tolerates drought and poor soils.