The best time to plant trees and shrubs is, in our opinion, mid-September through late-October.
There are several reasons as to why this time period is preferred to spring including (1) moderate to cool temperatures, which reduces heat stress risk, and also encourages root growth as air temperatures drop below soil temperatures, (2) fall moisture helps to establish root systems, and (3) transpiration is typically low, which increases the potential for root generation. The result is a strong, established root system that will be ready for spring when plants begin to grow. It is also important to mulch over newly planted trees to retain moisture.
Trees that can be successfully planted in the fall, amongst others, include buckeye, catalpa, crabapple, hackberry, hawthorn, honey locust, elm, coffee tree, linden, maple, sycamore, pines, and spruces. Most deciduous shrubs can be easily planted in the fall as well.
Very important – before planting get a soil test!! This is without a doubt the best money you will spend when assessing your landscape. Think of it like this, would a doctor ever write a prescription without assessing your symptoms and diagnosing the problem. A soil test diagnoses your landscape and allows a landscape designer to recommend plants based on the results – soils come in all different types and this is the best way to ensure you have the right plant in the right place!!
Clipper Tree & Landscape can help design, select, and install your landscape. We can also add-in hardscape features to complete your outdoor living spaces.