For many homeowners, planting a tree can seem like a daunting task. Truthfully, it isn’t, but it does require a bit of knowledge about placement, soil and timing.

In previous blogs we’ve detailed where to plant your tree, in this one we’ll be covering when.

For the parts of the country that experience the harshest winters, New England, it’s best to plant seedlings at the onset of Spring. The ground stays cold in the Northern U.S. six or seven months a year, so planting during the fall doesn’t give the seedling enough time to adequately root before frosting over. Since the summer in that area of the country doesn’t reach the 90s until July, an April or May planting gives the seedling a few months to root comfortably before facing high temperatures.

For most of the U.S., early fall is the best time to plant. The heat of mid-August can bake a seedling to a crisp in the warm soil. September, typically after the first cool night is a perfect time to plant a tree in most of the U.S. For those furthest south in the U.S. (Florida to Texas), it may be best to wait until October to plant as the soil will be a bit cooler.

If not fall, early spring can work but may require closer monitoring of the seedling to succeed, especially given the harsh rainfalls of March and April.

If you already have a tree you love, contact us for services like tree trimming in Norfolk to keep your greens healthy.

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