In this article from Parade Magazine, Davey's RJ Laverne gives readers tips for fall tree planting.
Published: Sept. 26, 2014
By Julie Bawden-Davis
If you want to plant a tree and thought you missed your window of opportunity this year, good news. Procrastinating on this garden project worked in your favor. Though many gardeners think of spring for tree planting, fall is actually the ideal time to introduce a new tree into your landscape.
Plant trees in fall and you get a head start on establishing them before the ground freezes, says arborist and urban forester R.J. Laverne, who is manager of education and training for the Davey Tree Expert Company.
“Fall is the season when trees turn their energy to growing new roots, whereas springtime is the season for growing new foliage and twigs,” says Laverne.
“Putting trees in the ground at this time of year allows the roots to become established before they are called upon the following spring to resume pumping water and nutrients up to the rapidly growing foliage. The more time the tree has to establish roots, the more quickly the tree will grow and the better life it will have overall.”
Here Laverne shares his expert tips for successful tree planting this fall.
Click here to see Laverne's fall planting tips.