Fall is the Best Time to Plant Trees and Shrubs

Trees and shrubs are definitely the work horses of the landscape world, providing privacy, shade, focal points and other valuable benefits.

Are you considering the addition of trees or shrubs to your landscape?   It’s time to make that dream a reality, as Fall is the ideal time to plant most species of trees and shrubs.

Why it’s the Best Time to Transplant

In Georgia, most deciduous trees go dormant during the cooler weather. Trees do not actively grow or produce food in the dormant state, and therefore energy consumption slows down. Transplanting is a stressful event, and planting young trees and shrubs during this “sleepy” period will reduce the amount of stress inflicted during the transition.

Selecting the Best Tree and The Best Spot

When selecting the right tree for your landscape, prioritize the benefits your ideal tree should provide. For example, are you looking for a decorative accent, such as a small flowering tree? Or year-round privacy provided by a fast-growing evergreen? Picking the right tree is the first step toward getting the desired benefits.

Even a healthy tree transplanted during the dormant period may not thrive if it’s planted in the wrong environment. Factors that need to be taken into consideration include the sun exposure, soil type, drainage and water availability and size of the tree upon maturity.

Stumped? The landscape professionals at Handy Andy Outdoors can advise on the best tree or shrub type and location that will work in harmony to achieve your goals.

The Best Method for Planting Trees and Shrubs

The next step for successfully planting a tree or shrub is digging a hole – a very wide one. In fact, the hole should be 2-5 times wider than the container. This process loosens the dirt around the root ball, making it easier for the roots to spread out laterally as well as ensuring better water drainage. Note that while the hole should be wide, it should not be too deep. In fact, the “crown” of the root ball should be at ground level or slightly above. Placing the root ball on compacted solid ensures it will not sink lower over time. The team at Handy Andy Outdoors can quickly and efficiently dig the ideal hole for your tree or shrub’s size.

A final, yet another important step is to water your newly transplanted tree or shrub. For best results, water immediately after the tree or shrub has been transplanted, and ensure the soil around the tree does not become overly dry while it is becoming established. Keep in mind that over-watering can be as harmful as under-watering. To check the status of the soil surrounding the tree, stick a trowel in approximately 2 inches, wiggle it around enough to touch the dirt and see if it’s moist. If it’s already moist, it does not require additional water. Dry soil at a depth of 2 inches indicates the need for additional water. Mulch or pine straw will help the ground retain moisture, but should not be shored up against the trunk of the tree.