The best season to plant trees depends on your location and the type of tree you want to plant. If you live in a mild climate such as California, you can plant a tree any time of year. However, if you live in a colder climate it is best to plant your tree in the spring or autumn.
Planting trees in the UK?
In the UK, the best time to plant bare-rooted trees is between mid-November and early-December, when the trees are dormant. This will give you plenty of time to settle the plant in before the growing season starts and as long as you put plenty of mulch around the base of the trunk to protect the roots from harsh frosts, you won’t go far wrong.
Of course, you can plant trees any time of the year, but this is the lowest maintenance way to do it and ensure healthy growth in their earlier years.
There are some types of trees that do well planted at any time of year. Fruit trees like apples and pears are quick to grow and can be planted any time of year. Shade trees like maples and oak can be planted any time but do best when planted in the spring or fall.
If you live in a mild climate, you can plant any type of tree anytime except for tropical plants which need consistent temperatures to grow. In a colder climate, it is best to plant your tree in the spring or fall when temperatures are milder and there is less chance of frost damage.
When planting trees in your yard or garden, choose species that are suited to your climate and planting location. Before planting, prepare the planting site by amending the soil with fertilizer and fresh soil. Then dig a hole slightly larger than the root ball of the tree and plant it according to the instructions provided by the nursery. Finally, water the tree well and mulch around it to help maintain moisture levels.
It depends on which type of tree you want to plant. In general, it is best to plant trees in spring or fall, when they are dormant. This is when they are least stressed and most likely to survive.
If you are planting the tree in the ground, follow these guidelines:
- Dig a hole larger than the root ball, so that you can fill the hole with compost or soil amendment.
- Add some water-absorbing granules to the bottom of the hole to help with moisture retention.
- Temper (ease) the root ball before placing it in the hole by loosening and spreading out the roots so they’re not so dense and tangled. This will help them spread out more easily in the bottom of the hole and spread out more easily in the surrounding soil after transplanting.
- Fill in around the roots with soil amendment and water well so there is no empty space left in the hole.
- Tamp down around the tree to firm it into place, and water well again, taking care not to splash soil all over yourself and your clothes!