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3 Advantages of Fall Tree Planting

It is now possible to plant trees with success any time of the year. Generally speaking, the traditional planting time for folks in the South is February through mid-March, and folks up North have to wait for the ground to thaw in the spring. These still remain safe and reliable tree planting times. However, with the advent of containerized, air-pruned seedlings, such as those from Nativ Nurseries, seedlings don’t have to be dormant to be planted.

1. Establishing Root Growth

Planting trees in Fall allows the seedling several more months of root growth before spring green-up and the summer swelter hits. More roots in the ground ensures higher survival and better first-year growth.

2. Limited Supplemental Watering

Fall tree planting will save hours upon hours of dreaded tree watering the following summer. Once again, the tree will have all winter and spring to get used to its surroundings and put down roots. When the summer heat wave hits, a fall planted seedling can, in most climates, make it through the season without supplemental watering.

3. Easing Spring Maintenance 

Planting trees in Fall allows more time the following spring to handle other important tree projects such as fertilization and weed and insect control.

If you are serious about fast growth, lower maintenance, and early and abundant fruit/seed production, give fall tree planting a try. You’ll be glad you did!

For more Gamekeeper tips on growing trees for wildlife check out “Techniques To Improve Mast Production.” Without ever planting a food plot, and by spending very little, you can entice your trees into producing tons of food for your wildlife simply with a chainsaw, pruner and a little fertilizer.


This tip is courtesy of the GameKeepers Field Notes, a weekly wildlife and land management email newsletter produced by the Mossy Oak GameKeepers.

A GameKeeper by definition is someone who truly loves AND lives the land, the critters and nature…not just during hunting season but all the time. A GameKeeper wants to be outdoors every day and work the dirt while living their personal “obsession”.

Find out more about what makes a GameKeeper by visiting our website.

Aug 11, 2017

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