When Is The Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs?

Its the time of year to start thinking about planting trees and with the fall storms its probably time to check to make sure all your current trees are healthy.  I’ve been using Gunnison Tree Service lately and have found them to be fair priced, nice and responsive.  My contact is Andrew.  I just went to their website and found some good advice on their blog.

We all know that the landscape of your home has the potential to add not only great curb appeal, but also add significant value to your property. That being said, you must know the best time of year to plant these valuable items in order for them to flourish. There are many considerations that need to take place before beginning or adding to your landscape. Trees and scrubs require four essentials in order to grow to their full potential, those four requirements are water, sunlight, nutrients such as fertilizer, and room to grow and establish a root base. Below we will discuss the best timing according to climate to provide the most favorable conditions for your investment to thrive.

Let’s be honest, summer is one of the two seasons that fall into the category of “the absolute worst time to plant trees and shrubs”. Why is that? The simple answer is because the potential for high temperatures can be extremely detrimental to young trees. When trees are establishing their root base it is essential that they receive an abundance of water to nourish the growing plant. On the flip side, winter is the other season that is not favorable for planting trees and shrubs. This is due to the opposite reason of the possible freezing or chilly temperatures. No matter what the season, the premature tree or shrub will always need water to survive. Don’t be fooled by snow – While it is frozen water, the tree will not receive any of that moisture until the snow begins to melt.

The ideal time to plant a tree or shrub is in the seasons of either Spring or Fall. In the Spring, the buds are about the flourish and in the Fall, the trees are going dormant. It is the ideal time in terms of climate or temperature and a favorable time in regards to the soil. The soil is more accepting to retaining moisture which will aid in stimulating a positive root growth structure and will also allow for easier ground breaking in order to dig the hole to transport the plant. As an added bonus, the weather is much more enjoyable to be outdoors working in the yard!

As a bonus, let us offer a few additional tips or tricks of the trade, if you will, to help aid in the success and survival of your investment. It is advised that you plant your tree or scrub as soon as you purchase the plant. The nursery has maintained its job to grow and sustain the plant in the best conditions available and it’s up to you to transport that tree or plant with the utmost care (even handling can be detrimental to the plants survival if abused) and plant during favorable conditions.. When you are digging the hole to plant the tree or shrub, of course – immediately after its purchased, right? – dig the hole two to three times the width of the base of the tree and the same depth as the ball or root of the plant. Last tip, mulch, mulch, mulch! We love mulch once the tree or shrub is planted. Mulch allows the ground surrounding the new tree or shrub to stabilize the soil temperature as well as retain moisture from watering or rain.

Need a professional’s help? Call Gunnison Tree Specialists, 404-264-2724.

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