What happens if you miss the planting season and the ground is frozen? Is it still OK to plant trees and shrubs after a hard frost?
The answer is yes, it is still OK to plant trees and shrubs in Cincinnati, Ohio after a hard frost. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
First, make sure the ground is thawed. You can do this by sticking a shovel into the ground. If the shovel goes in easily, the ground is thawed enough to plant. If the shovel hits a hard layer of ice or frozen soil, the ground is too frozen for planting.
Second, choose trees and shrubs that are hardy to your climate zone. Here in Cincinnati, Ohio, we are in USDA Zone 6. Click here to view the USDAPlant Hardiness Zone Map. You can find a list of hardy trees and shrubs for your area by visiting the website of your local extension office.
Third, water your trees and shrubs regularly after planting. This will help them to establish roots and survive the winter.
Finally, be patient. It may take a few years for your trees and shrubs to reach their full potential. But with proper care, they will eventually provide you with years of beauty and enjoyment.
With a little care, your trees and shrubs will thrive and provide you with years of beauty and enjoyment.