Even though spring is considered the busy planting season, fall is usually the most successful time of year for planting. The passing of summer marks the ideal time for planting evergreens, trees and shrubs. When you plant in the fall, roots have a chance to grow well into the winter, until the ground freezes. Temperatures may be cool, but the soil is still warm enough to encourage root growth. This gives the plant an extra season of growth, making it better equipped to deal with heat and drought in the summer months. A few tips for fall planting:
Water the new plant well. Allow the water to soak into the ground and ensure that the soil around the planting stays moist until the ground freezes. Adequate water supply is essential to the survival of your new tree.
Use soil amendments. Giving the plant a good start is critical or it may not survive the winter. Add compost or Miracle Gro Garden Soil to improve existing soil, and apply a root stimulator to encourage root growth and reduce transplant stress on the plant.
Mulch well to conserve soil temperature and improve soil conditions. Do not pile mulch against the trunk or stems of a plant. It can stress stem tissue and lead to disease or insect problems.
*Plant early in the fall if you are planting crape myrtles or broadleaf evergreens such as rhododendrons or English laurels. These plants need a little extra time to become established.