Fall is the best time to work on your landscaping. That is because it is much easier on the plants for a variety of reasons. In the fall, it is cooler, which does not put stress on the plants as much. Plants need time to grow an adequate root system to collect water, and planting in the spring or summer does not give plants enough time to grow before they go into shock from the heat and lower availability of water. In the fall there is also usually plenty of water so the root system is able to grow at a natural pace. Plants more easily go into a state of dormancy for the winter where they preserve their energy, and can continue to grow in the springtime before the hot summer months. Early August is a great time to start planning your fall planting.