LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Did you know that fall is the best time to plant a tree?
Some of you probably already know this others of you ask why. Because they are starting to go dormant which is of course starting to lose their leaves. When a tree is actually in its dormancy state it’s actually the best time to plant it, or to relocate it if you have an existing tree you want to move.
What is great about that is during the winter time, especially here in the South, our ground doesn’t freeze. So your trees will still root out in the winter time, even though they have no top growth. As a matter of fact, they will put more energy into root development so when spring time comes and then the heat of summer time comes they are so much more established and ready to battle the summer heat.
Few things you might want to consider when picking a tree, you’ve got to consider the size of the tree and its root system. Is it’s root system invasive, does it like water, will it get in your French drains, that type of thing. For example, a willow tree. Maples tend to have a fibrous root system as well. Or you can do like a Polymorpha Oak tree, so it gets tall but not wide so you don’t want to shade out your grass and still have a lush beautiful lawn.
Remember always dig the hole about twice the size of the container, add a little organic mix, put it back in and water well. I also use root stimulator as well. So find that perfect tree, it’s the best time, and most nurseries are having clearance sales.