Tree transplantingA Guide to Fall Tree Planting

September 9, 2016
fall tree planting
The maple is a colorful fall tree that can grow to impressive heights.

Fall is that special time of year when nature puts on a show with breathtaking fall colors. You can enjoy the magic of fall in your own yard by planting a tree! Believe it or not, the ground is warmer now than it is in spring. The residual warmth from summer makes the ground a great growing environment for tree roots. Newly planted trees will continue to take root right up until the ground freezes in winter. Read on to learn which trees you can incorporate into your fall tree planting and how late they can be planted.

How Late Can Trees Be Planted in the Northeast?

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to plant trees at least six weeks before the first hard frost. Here in the Northeast, the first frost usually occurs in December, sometimes as early as November. So, planting your trees in September or October will give them enough time to establish their roots before winter sets in.

Why Plant in the Fall?

There are plenty of good reasons to plant trees in the fall! First, there are still a number of rainy days in the fall, so your trees will be well watered. Not only that, but since fall is cooler than other warmer times of year, your trees will be less stressed by the move. Planting your trees in the fall gives them the entire autumn to establish their root systems, giving them a head start in the spring.

What Trees Should I Plant in the Fall?

Here in Maryland, we’re lucky when it comes to trees. We get to enjoy several varieties of trees that burst into stunning colors in the fall. Plus, with our expert tree transplanting, we can transplant grown trees to your yard so that you don’t have to wait for them to become big and beautiful! Here are a few trees for your fall tree planting that will look great in your yard.

Colorful Fall Trees

  • Ginko: Ginko trees offer branches full of sunshine yellow, fan-shaped leaves. It’s also great at resisting insects and disease, so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be able to enjoy your beautiful Ginko tree for years to come.
  • Maple: Maple is an American standard when it comes to trees. This classic tree bursts into intense reds, oranges, and yellows in the fall. The sugar maple can grow to be 75 feet tall, making an impressive statement. If you’re looking for something colorful and smaller, the Japanese maple is a delicate miniature version of the tree with lovely, lacey leaves.
  • Red Twig Dogwood: If you’re looking for an all-in-one tree, then the red twig dogwood has got you covered. This outstanding tree is adorned with delicate white blooms in the spring, grow plum-colored fruit that attracts birds in the summer, and retires into remarkable red leaves in the fall. Even in the winter, this tree is still putting on a show; leaves drop off the tree to reveal ruby red stems that look stunning against a fresh backdrop of snow. For the reddest stems, look for the Arctic Fire variety of this tree.

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