Why Plant Trees in the Fall?

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Gardeners and landscapers always look for better ways to efficiently tend to trees and plants so that they grow strong and healthy throughout the year. One way is to plant at the right time of the year, and for trees, this happens to be the fall season. Whenever they are planted, trees require careful consideration. Their roots must have enough space to grow while their branches and leaves will get enough water and sun.

Northern Virginia Landscaping employs experts trained in designing softscapes, including trees. We are happy to manage hardscaping and innovative home garden design projects for residents in Great Falls, VA and throughout Northern Virginia.

Below, we discuss why planting your trees in the fall can be beneficial:

Benefits of Planting  Trees in the Fall

Better Temperatures

Planting your trees during the spring going into summer means that they are subject to summer’s extreme temperatures, which can inhibit the growth of their roots due to the stress and evaporation of moisture from the soil.

On the other hand, planting trees early in the fall provides them with cooler temperatures, which has been found to improve overall root growth.

Higher Chance of Rainfall

Additionally, the fall brings a higher rate of rainfall throughout North America. The greater amount of moisture combined with lower temperatures will help newly-planted trees grow stronger and deeper root systems that will fully-mature once spring comes around.

Extra Growing Seasons

Some gardeners may be against planting trees during the fall due to the forthcoming wintry conditions. While it’s correct to assume that colder weather hinders tree growth, it doesn’t break down what has already developed.

Trees simply go into a state of hibernation over the winter, then return to a state of growth once spring returns. Furthermore, when you plant your tree in the fall, it has both seasons to grow freely, thus doubling the growth time frame before the summer heat sets in.

Best Trees to Plant in the Fall

Of course, this advice also comes with a few exceptions, particularly how each tree species is different and how they may grow better in different conditions. To account for this, here’s a list of the trees that are recommended to be planted in the fall:

  • Alder
  • Ash
  • Buckeye
  • Catalpa
  • Crabapple
  • Hackberry
  • Hawthorn
  • Honey Locust
  • Elm
  • Maple
  • Sycamore
  • Pine
  • Spruce

Northern Virginia Landscaping: Grand Home Garden Design in Great Falls, VA

As we’ve discussed, planting trees during the fall has its benefits. But it may not be the right time of year, especially if you have other ideas alongside planting trees. If you’re planning on transforming your yard with new softscape arrangements and hardscape constructions, consider hiring a team of professionals from Northern Virginia Landscaping. We have helped hundreds of residents create amazing home garden designs in their backyards. Our experience and skill ensure that we provide consistent and excellent service so our clients can return to us for help at any time.

Allow us to help you recreate your home garden design! Contact us at (703) 982-0100 to learn more about our services.

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