When Is The Best Time Of The Year For Me To Build My Rock Garden?

When is the best time of the year for me to build my rock garden? Learn wich time of year is optimal for installing your rock garden. "We work in the rain, we work in the heat and it's just a mental attitude...

"We work in the rain, we work in the heat and it's just a mental attitude whether or not you feel comfortable in that environment." says Laddie Flock, owner of Natural Rock Formations, a company that has been in business for 17 years and has experience in all different styles and themes of rock gardens. Natural Rock Formations is one of the largest distributors of natural stone products on the Pacific coast and has been featured in many publications ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Landscape and Irrigation magazine. Their website can be found at www.natrok.com.

It's also going to depend on where you live and what your climate is like. Different areas have vastly different growing seasons that other areas. You'll also need to take your design into consideration along with the types of plants you plan on planting in your garden. Some plants are better off planted in the fall, such as bulbs, while others are better in the early spring, such as dormant trees. If you are transplanting already blooming plants in the summer, then those shouldn't be a problem either.

Unless you are under a deadline you have set yourself or because of a building permit, there are no laws that say you have to run right out and get everything done today. You can work on different features and elements at different times of the year - when it is most optimal to work on each of those elements.

If you are doing the work yourself, a lot of the decision of when to build is going to be a personal preference. Flock says, "Obviously, health issues do come into play; but for the most part, they don't. If you work in the summertime, you work early and you take a break during the heat of the day and then you can pick back up in the evenings." If you live in area where extreme heat can be problem, don't spend all day working out underneath the hot sun. Keep your own safety in mind and what is best for you along with what is best for your garden.

Flock says, "I would say probably the worst conditions are storm and rain. Simply because of the safety factor; there is slipping and it generally takes four times as long. If you were in the situation where you are in clay or mud and your footage is not right, you could slip. I have brought in tons of sand just to seed the ground and keep the ground from getting slippery so we could continue working on projects through the wet season."

If it isn't necessary for you to work in unstable weather conditions, then don't take the chance. Your garden will wait for you to complete it and it's not going to get up and walk away because you aren't working on it! Even if you have a deadline for a building permit, check with your local building department about getting an extension. These can usually be taken care of right away and people will understand if bad weather has slowed down your progress.

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