In response to AngryAfrican’s question when should you plant a tree? I have found various answers so I will share them will you. There is more than one right time to plant a tree and the actual month will vary depending on where you live but here is what I found.
Plant all trees and shrubs —
The soil is still warm, which encourages root growth, but the
cooler daytime and nighttime temperatures do not “shock” the plants into stress.
When planting a tree or shrub, dig a wide hole that is at least three times the circumference of the container or root ball, but make sure that the hole is not deeper than the container or root ball. This will ensure that the tree or shrub is not sitting in a hole collecting water at the roots. Till or break up the soil as much as possible, place the plant in the hole, and replace the existing dirt. Research shows that adding amendments to the native soil does not help the plants to grow—
it actually can inhibit the plant’s roots from reaching out to the surrounding soil.
Source: Mary Kay Woodworth
When to Plant Trees
Climate plays a deciding role when determining the appropriate planting time. Newly planted trees do best when exposed to moderate temperature and rainfall and they need time to root and acclimatize before the onset of intense heat and dryness of summer or the freezing temperatures of winter. Spring and early fall, therefore, are generally the best planting seasons (depending on your location) with spring preferred over fall in the more northerly latitudes. In the southern United States, however, which do not experience an intense winter, planting can take place during the winter months.
I hope this is helpful… sorry for the delay in response… I had a busy weekend, but some of it was collecting information for the blog!!