When it comes to planting trees and shrubs, the fall season is often the best time of year. From September to December, the dormant season offers many advantages for planting, such as requiring less maintenance in terms of irrigation and fertilizer. Additionally, fall is an ideal time to plant large trees and shrubs, as they can increase their existing root systems during the winter and absorb more water. Early spring is also a great time for planting, as soon as the ground thaws.
However, planting too late in the fall can be risky, as trees won't be able to survive freezing temperatures that can damage roots and prevent moisture from reaching the tree. Native trees, shrubs and perennials can be planted this time of year, as they will have several weeks of warm temperatures in the ground for the plant roots to establish themselves before the soil temperature drops. Planting in the fall allows these plants to establish root systems that they can then develop during the winter. To ensure your tree survives extreme temperatures (cold or hot), make sure it has a couple of months to take root before those temperatures arrive. It's also important to arrange for your tree's arrival when it is most likely to survive. For gardeners looking to plant trees and shrubs, fall is often the best season of all.
With careful planning and preparation, you can ensure that your plants will thrive in their new environment.