Although many gardeners plant trees and shrubs in the spring, knowledgeable gardeners plant in the fall to take advantage of all this fabulous season has to offer. But why is fall planting better than spring planting?
- Establishing Strong Roots
Fall planting “establishes” trees and shrubs by encouraging root growth. Because the soil is still warm, the roots continue to develop until freezing, though the upper parts of the plant are already dormant. When transplanting in the spring, the developed roots are active, and delicate tips or rootlets, as well as buds and new leaves, can be easily damaged.
- Weather Resiliency
Trees and shrubs planted in the fall are sturdier next summer because they have already developed healthy root systems and are closer to being thoroughly established. This is especially critical for summers with irregular rainfall.
- Faster Maturity
The “head-start” of fall planting results in a larger plant in less time, helping create a mature landscape without waiting for smaller plants to catch up. This can be especially critical when replacing dead or damaged plants in a mature landscape to avoid a gap or uneven look.
- Water Conservation
Planting in the fall saves watering time and promotes conservation by usually eliminating daily watering. Cooler temperatures, with the addition of both morning and evening dew, contribute greatly to soil moisture availability in fall without as much supplemental watering.
- Color Confirmation
Fall is the best time to see a plant’s autumnal color. Planting in the fall eliminates the surprise of the wrong color or unexpected shades that may not coordinate with nearby plants. By planting in autumn, you’ll know exactly what you’re purchasing and planting, and you will be able to match better with your existing landscape.
- Saving Money
Last but definitely not least, buying your beautiful trees and shrubs in autumn can save big money. We discount prices on trees and shrubs in September!
Autumn can be the ideal time to plant trees and shrubs, whether you are adding to your landscape, replacing plants, or starting a whole new look. If you plant in autumn, you’ll be amazed at how lovely your landscape will look next spring.