Planting a Tree in the Fall

Planting the Tree in the Fall

The perfect time to plant trees and shrubs is throughout the dormant season and in the fall right after leaf drop (which is right now) or early spring prior to budbreak. Climate conditions are cool and permit plants to create roots in the new area just before spring rains or winter snow. Nonetheless, trees planted in the fall and correctly cared for in the nursery or garden center, AND provided the proper care in the course of transport, could be planted throughout the growing season. In tropical and subtropical climates trees develop year round, any time is a good time to plant a tree, provided that enough water is accessible. In either scenario, proper tree care in the course of planting is crucial to ensure a healthy future for new trees and shrubs. Just before you start planting your tree, make sure you have had all underground utilities located prior to digging.

Probably the most frequent error when planting a tree is actually digging the hole, that is both too deep and also narrow.  Too deep and the roots do not gain access to adequate oxygen to make sure appropriate development is generated.  Too narrow and the root structure can’t expand sufficiently to nourish and effectively anchor the tree. The best tree care is actually before the tree is ever planted.

As a general rule, trees ought to be transplanted no deeper than the soil in which they were initially grown.  The width of the hole must be at the very least 3 times the diameter of the root ball or container or the spread of the roots inside the case of bare root trees.  This can supply the tree with adequate worked earth for its root structure to establish itself.

If you have any questions, please contact on of our certified arborists.  Trees are just too expensive to take uneducated risks.