There is nothing quite like the springtime when all thoughts turn to planting. Yes, spring can be ideal for our gardens of fruits, veggies, and flowers, but fall can be a perfect time as well. Many trees, shrubs, and heartier plants do very well when planted in the fall. And many people prefer fall planting. Ideally, you would have your fall planting done at least six weeks before frost is predicted in your area. Usually, November is the cut off time.
Why is Fall Planting Better?
When a tree is planted in the summer months, the warmer weather will encourage the top of the tree to flourish, and perhaps leaving the roots less with fewer resources. When you plant a tree in the fall, the more moderate temperatures and less sunlight hours can give the tree a chance to pay attention to root growth.
It is also widely held that trees and shrubs that have a chance to take root in the fall – before frost have an easier time dealing with high temperature and water shortages that might occur later in their lifetime. The more even water and soil temperatures create an environment that fosters rapid root growth and creates a better environment for the new tree.
Another bonus to fall planting is the ability to design the colors of your landscape. If you are planting or relocating a tree when the leaves have started changing, you can explicitly lay out the colors of your lawn. And, while this is not a primary reason to opt for fall planning, it is an excellent way to design the colors of your landscape.
Fall Planting is not for everyone (or every plant)
Of course, some of the more delicate plants cannot be planted in the fall. Consult with your nursery or garden center before you commit to putting anything in the ground in the fall. Even if you are planting something that you think is hearty, you might want to hold off – either until spring or until you can get advice from a pro.