The Best Time to plant is now through Mid-October
Ask the “experts” for the best time to plant a tree, and you’ll get an answer of Spring, Summer, and Autumn – depending on whom you ask! GrowingHeights would love to be able to say that ANYTIME is the best time to plan a tree. After all, trees are gorgeous, stately additions to one’s landscape that can provide some much-needed relief from the lazy, hazy summer days. But with some cooler weather approaching soon, the best time to plant trees in Northeast Ohio is now through mid-October!
Davey Tree says, “Hands down, fall is the best time of year to plant new trees. Generally, late August, September and October are the best months. It all depends, though, on when it actually feels like fall. As long as the hottest days of summer are gone and the ground isn’t frozen yet, you can still plant trees.”
The reason for this is that the cooler weather encourages root growth, and trees don’t need leaves in order to grow roots. As we all know, the leaves will begin to fall soon. You can even see the leaves slowly changing as you read this.
The other reasons to plant a tree or two (or four) now is that there is less of a chance of drought, or scorching heat that would damage the newly planted trees. With increased root growth over the winter, the newly-planted tree will have a greater chance of success in the Spring!
An exception to the rule
There is always exception, right? The trees that gain exemption from the Fall-Planting rule are Container-Grown Trees, and Fruit Trees. Container Grown trees – as opposed to whips and bare-root tre -- have a bit of a buffer between the soil they were grown in and the soil in which they will be planted. They will fare a little better if planted during the spring and summer months, but they still need cared after just like the rest of the garden. Fruit Trees, like apples, pears and plums, perform better when planted in the spring.
Whatever, and whenever you decide to plant it is ultimately up to you! Just be sure to plant some trees!
You can get 10 free trees from the Arbor Day Foundation with a 6-month membership (just $10). Cleveland Heights will also plant a tree on your tree lawn, if you don't already have one.
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