By: Jean Ferdinandsen, Certified Arborist WI-0149A
If you’re having a “staycation” this year or putting your house on the market to sell, you may have an area outside that needs remodeling or rejuvenating. Trees definitely add to the appeal and value of your property. Tree planting is an investment that pays off and grows. While spring may be a time for new growth and when most people think of planting, late summer and fall may be the best season because of cooler temperatures and adequate rainfall.
Soil temperature may actually be warmer than in spring. In fact, soils stay warm well after the air temperature cools, which encourages root growth. A healthy root system supports a healthy top growth rate and crown.
The key is to encourage good root system growth before the summer returns. During dormancy, trees establish new roots before warmer weather stimulates top growth.
Fall planting allows some root establishment before winter sets in, and these trees get ahead start over those planted next spring. Trees with a more established root system are better equipped to deal with heat and drought the following summer.
Evergreens are best planted before the end of October. This allows for some root establishment before soils cool off too much. This helps decrease desiccation (freezedrying) of needles that can occur over winter. Deciduous trees lose their leaves, so may be planted up until the ground freezes.
When Wachtel plants, we select high-quality, balled-and-burlapped or container trees for you. We make sure they are planted correctly. Mulch can be applied for you to insulate and prolong root growth, Just supply about 1" of water per week as your follow up. Continue watering up until the ground freezes, which is especially important for evergreens.
So add to the curb appeal of your house with a fall tree planting. Call our Wachtel Certified Arborists for fall tree selection and planting ideas that will add beauty and diversity to your landscape.
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