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Lazy S'S Farm Shipping Schedule - Spring, Summer, Fall

  In Spring we ship by the USDA Hardiness Zones Using the Chart at the left.

There are various zone charts but to keep our shipping consistent, we simply have to pick one.  This is the New USDA chart, so please use this when listing your zone.  From this you will know NOW when we will ship to you unless you request a later date.

 

We schedule shipping by the following table in Spring for 4 important reasons:

1. Plants arrive at a relatively safe planting time (around your average last Frost date).

2. Greenhouse grown plants can generally travel safely in the back of unheated Postal Trucks, be on unheated loading docks and airport Tarmacs without being damaged by cold

3.  The thousands of orders we ship in the short 9 week peak season are balanced more or less evenly so we can actually get all the shipments out on schedule.

4.  The beginning dates of this schedule coordinate with our production schedule.  We pot all winter with the goal in mind of starting shipping in mid-March  

 
Most States                We can ship later than the week for your zone but NOT EARLIER.
ZONE: The WEEK of: ZONE: The WEEK of:  
Zone 9 & 10 March 20     IF our weather permits - no freezing nights as they leave here
Zone 8 A or B March 27     IF our weather permits - no freezing nights as they leave here
Zone 7B April 3 Zone 7A

April 10

or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
Zone 6B April 17 Zone 6A April 24 or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
Zone 5B April 30 Zone 5A May 8 or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
Zone 4B  May 15 Zone 4A May 22 or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
Zone 3 May 29     or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
 

Spring West Coast Orders must change planes in Northern Airport Hubs so they cannot be safely shipped earlier than mid April even though you could plant much sooner. 

Northern West Coast States of ID, MT, OR, WA
ID, MT, OR, WA April 10 * * or by the above if in zones 3-6   or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time
Southern West Coast States of AZ, CA, NV 
AZ, CA, NV April 3  

or ASAP after that date if you order near ship time

 

   

Orders placed Mid Spring and Later: We just work them into the schedule ASAP.  That could be up to two weeks at the end May early June when it's still wild.  ORDER EARLY to assure the earliest safe shipping date. We always ship by order number, 1st ordered, 1st shipped.   (We 'pull' orders a week in advance to get them into orders and prepped for shipment, precautionary organic pest spray, etc so it will rarely be less than 7 days until late dog days of summer!)

Please understand that April and May are a madhouse in the plant shipping industry!  Oh yeh, we already mentioned that.  Ah-h-h-h, it bears repeating!  :-)

 

Can you ship my order earlier in Spring?  We often get this question if a particular area is having an early spring and unfortunately the answer is alas, "no".  See link for more details.  We can ALWAYS ship later than the scheduled date for your zone if you're traveling, etc.

 

Fall Shipping and Planting:  While there are easy to find guidelines for safe planting times in Spring (basically the Average last frost date), this information is not readily available about when to stop planting in Fall - many other factors come into play including snow cover, etc.  Believe me, we've tried to find some good chart for Last Safe Fall planting date that we could offer to customers.  In general, one month before your ground freezes solid is a reasonable rule, earlier for evergreens that truly must be rooted in well and monitored because they lose moisture through their leaves in winter, especially in windy areas.  However:

 

It is the Responsibility of the customer to check with local experts about when you should stop planting in Fall.