Fall creates many opportunities for successful planting, and officially begins September 21st with the autumnal equinox. September through December is an ideal time for tree planting because it allows time for the roots to establish for the winter, but also for the next year’s new spring growth.
While the tree growth above the ground occurs mostly during the warmer spring and summer months, tree roots actually grow faster during the cooler fall season until ‘soil’ temperatures go below 40 degrees. Soil temperatures generally are 15 to 20 degrees warmer… than the outside air temperatures.
In other words, after the upper tree photosynthesis and growth processes slows down in late summer, a tree’s root growth actually accelerates in the cooler fall temperatures which makes this a great time to plant.
There are several benefits to fall planting. Trees are better prepared for overwintering and the early spring root growth before the upper tree starts to grow using most of the tree’s energy.
Trees planted in the fall can establish themselves for overwintering and are better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the following summer.
Planting trees in the fall is also less stressful on the trees due to cooler temperatures, and any potential transplant shock is also further reduced.
Please feel free to contact us if we can help you select the appropriate trees for your design and landscape projects.