Why? Well around here, spring is mostly about rain and false starts. Just when you think it’s safe to garden, BOOM, you get another frost. I kid you not – we get them in May. So we have to be careful with spring gardening, and that’s ok too. It’s a great time to plant trees, though, because with Arbor Day Foundation, you can find wonderful trees that are great for your location, and are cold hardy too. That’s why it’s a big deal to use them again for our fall gardening. This time we’re talking pumpkins, watermelons, squash, and apple trees! The most exciting of apple trees!
Our Fall Garden: Why You Should Plant Trees in the Fall:
What is the Arbor Day Foundation?
Their mission statement: “We inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.” Arbor Day Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation and education organization founded in 1972 – the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century. This Foundation has grown to become the largest non-profit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. There are over one million members, supporters, and valued partners today – and growing!
The website has tools like finding trees, and tree identification. They also help with planting and care, and tree benefits too! We live in Massachusetts so we are big on apple trees. And we always imagined what it would be like to have them in our fall garden. And now we know!
So, why to plant in fall?
- Remember, that the best time to plant trees varies from region to region. For example, if you live somewhere moderate and consistent, fall might not be ideal. We get all four seasons here, though, making it a great time to plant trees.
If you plant in the fall, you give trees an extra growing season before the stresses of summer.
The wonderful combination of cooler temps and fall rain will help allow trees to establish their roots, and this makes it easier on them to adjust to extreme heat or drought in the summer.
Trees go dormant in the winter, which is the equivalent of hibernation. And this “sleep” state slows down the tree’s growth, energy consumption, and metabolism, which means that it’s safe to plant trees until the ground is frozen solid. And this is generally before the first hard frost. Dormant trees do not require extra care.
Tips for planting:
- Plant the right tree in the right place. You can do this by evaluating your space to make sure it’s suitable. Consider how much sun, shade, and moisture the tree will get, and be cautious of planting too close to surrounding structures.
After you plant, always mulch a two to three-inch ring of mulch around the base of your tree — but don’t pile it against the trunk. Mulch and water your tree right after planting, even if it’s cold outside.
Use a trowel to dig a 1-inch hole and feel the soil around your tree, and if it’s moist to the touch, your tree doesn’t need water.
Our Tree Planting:
It’s best to plant your trees within five days of their arrival. And if that isn’t possible, Arbor Day Foundation recommends that your trees be heeled in. You can plant your trees from the time the frost first leaves the ground through late spring. You’ll get a Planting Guide with your order, and it will contain detailed instructions. Once you plant one, the rest will come easily!
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