Fall is one of the best times to plant trees and shrubs in your landscape. Fall planting provides the plant with the opportunity to put its energy into root growth now and in the early spring, before it has to concentrate on producing leaves. Roots grow well in cooler soils, and the plant also doesn’t need as much water once the leaves drop. The ideal time to begin planting trees and shrubs is six weeks before the first sign of hard frost. September through November is the ideal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become established before the ground freezes and winter sets in.
However, it is highly recommended that you do not continue planting trees too late into the fall because this can have a negative impact on plant Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins. The warm days and cool nights in fall make it the perfect season to plant shrubs, giving them time to settle in and spread their roots before going dormant in winter.
Moderate autumn temperatures make it easier on a hard-working gardener, too. This is the time to plant Knock Out roses, known for disease resistance and constant color.
Be sure to choose a location with morning light. One reason late summer and early fall planting works well is because root development is at its best after vegetative growth has stopped and soil temperatures have cooled some ( degrees is optimal for root activity.).
If you wait too late into the fall to plant, the soils are too cold and not enough root growth will take place to give the tree the roots it needs to make it through the winter.
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