So what do you think? Is this is the best time to plant trees?
It’s unfortunate that many people think fall is the end of their gardening season. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Fall is the perfect season for planting trees, shrubs and other assorted plants, so long as you are encouraging healthy root growth. Unlike what happens in spring, planting trees and shrubs in fall enables the root systems to grow before the weather in the summer becomes too hot.
Most smaller plants will be established before winter sets in, and have an advantage over shrubs planted in the spring. Large plants will get a head start since a good rule of thumb is "one year per one inch of trunk diameter".
Fall officially begins in late September. The ideal time to begin planting trees and shrubs is six weeks before the first sign of hard frost. September through November is the optimal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become established before the ground freezes and the cold winter sets in. That being said, it is highly recommended that you do not continue planting trees too late into the fall because this can have a negative impact on plant health. Here at New Eco we stop planting right after Thanksgiving usually.
Cooler, wetter weather is the ideal time for tree planting. We usually see an increase in rainfall and cooler temperatures in the fall so less watering is needed. As tree shoot growth stops, the trees need less water because the days are cooler and shorter and the rate of photosynthesis decreases. Stable air temperatures also encourage faster r
oot development. Soils stay warm well after the air temperature cools, also promoting root growth. When the shoots go dormant, trees grow to establish roots in new locations before warm weather triggers top growth.
There are several advantages to fall planting. Trees that are planted in the fall are better able to handle heat and drought in the following season. One of our favorite reasons for planting in the fall is because you can pick your trees and shrubs by their fall color. Stay away from planting broad leaved evergreens in the fall such as rhododendrons, azaleas, boxwoods and hollies. If you do plant them, provide them with protection from winter winds and have them treated with an anti-desiccant. A few tree species that are recommended for fall planting include the maple, buckeye, ash, honey locust, crabapple, spruce, pine, sycamore, linden and elm.