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Is It Okay To Plant TreesIn The Fall?

Planting trees in the fall can be a great idea. As the temperatures start to cool down and the autumn rains arrive, this season offers some distinct advantages for tree planting. During fall, trees experience less heat stress compared to the scorching summer months, and they have more time to establish strong root systems before the next year’s summer heat and drought. Fall planting allows trees to focus their energy on root growth and energy storage rather than growing leaves, which can make them more resilient. However, it’s important to keep a few key points in mind, such as proper watering and mulching, ensuring the tree has sufficient time in the ground before the first frost, and protecting the tree from potential cold-related issues and sun damage. Overall, with the right care and preparation, fall can be an excellent time to plant new trees and set them on a path to healthy growth and development.

Planting a tree in the fall

The simple answer to this question is a strong “Yes!” If you’re thinking about adding some new trees to your yard, this is the perfect time. Find the right spot, choose the right kind of tree, make sure to call #811 before you start digging, and get ready to dig a hole. There are plenty of good reasons to plant trees in the Fall, two of which I’ve already mentioned: the cooler temperatures and the autumn rains. Even though Autumn is usually the driest part of the growing season, the process where water evaporates from the soil and moves through the plant and into the air, called evapotranspiration, happens more slowly compared to the scorching summer months. This means less heat and water stress for your trees (but don’t forget, your new tree will still need proper mulching and watering). Another great reason to plant in the fall is that instead of focusing on growing new leaves, trees are directing their energy toward growing strong roots and storing energy. This sets the stage for a sturdy root system and better protection against the scorching summer heat and drought next year.

Watering a tree in the Fall

However, there are some important points to keep in mind. First, be diligent about watering and mulching your newly planted trees. They typically need about 5 gallons of water each week for every inch of stem diameter, especially if you’re not getting around 1 inch of water from weekly rainfall. Keep an eye on the weather, too. You’ll want to make sure your new trees have at least six weeks in the ground before the first freeze or frost. Once that first frost arrives, you can stop watering your trees. Additionally, when selecting trees and thinking about their protection, steer clear of broadleaf evergreen varieties, as they can suffer from cold-related issues, and consider wrapping the trunks of your new trees to safeguard them from sun damage and any potential rubbing by animals, like bucks during their rutting season.

If you follow these pointers and continue to care for your trees for the next 2-5 years, you’ll set them up for a healthy and thriving future.

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