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.
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.
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.
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.