There is an untrue opinion in the gardening industry that fall is the completion of the growing season. Honestly, it's quite the opposite. Planting trees in the fall is ideal for fostering good root growth.
Small plants will establish themselves before the cold months arrive, getting a head start over shrubs in the springtime. Big plants will also get a head start since the rule is one inch of trunk width per year.
When to Plant Trees in the Fall
Autumn officially starts with the autumnal equinox at the end of September. The best time to plant trees and shrubs is around 40 days before hard frost appears. September through November is the perfect time for tree planting.
When you plant a tree between these months, it lets the roots get established before the ground freezes, and winter starts. A useful suggestion is that you don't keep planting trees too late into the autumn. This technique can harm plant health.
Wet, cold weather is the ideal time for tree planting. With a drop in temps and a rise in rainfall, less watering is necessary. As tree shoot growth stops, the tree necessitates less water since the days are colder and shorter.
Stable air temperatures also encourage swift root development. Soils remain warm way after the air temperature cools off. Through shoot dormancy, trees develop to establish roots in new places before warm weather fuels top growth.
Benefits of Fall Tree Planting
There are numerous benefits to fall planting. Trees established in the autumn are more prepared to deal with the heat in the next season. Another excellent reason for fall tree planting is that you can choose your trees by the fall colors they create.
If planted, protect your trees from winter winds by treating them with an anti-desiccant. Some tree types suggested for fall planting are alder, ash, linden, maple, buckeye, pine, horse chestnut, spruce, catalpa, hackberry, crabapple, hawthorn, honey locust, amur cork tree, sycamore, and elm.
Call Rochester Stump Removal today to schedule a consultation with our trained tree care professionals about autumn tree planting.
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