Many homeowners make the mistake of assuming that spring and summer are the best time to plant, but this is a common misconception as autumn is the perfect time to refresh and revitalize your garden by planting new trees and shrubs. In this blog, we’ll discuss why you should plant your trees and shrubs during fall and the benefits that come with choosing this season.
In autumn, the weather is often much cooler, making gardening much more comfortable. As trees and shrubs require delicate care, planting them in the intense summer heat can cause stress and potential damage to newly rooted flora. Cooler temperatures give new plants the opportunity to establish roots, setting them up to sprout and thrive come springtime. As a result, planting in the fall ensures healthy, vibrant plants that are prepped to thrive and weather the winter. Just make sure to keep them amply watered!
Soil temperature is a key factor for plants, and cooler temperatures provide perfect growing conditions. While summertime can cause soil to dry out and contribute to dehydration, fall rainwater—typically more abundant—is one of the main ingredients that foster a plant’s growth. It also encourages optimal root development, which gives shrubs and trees a better chance of winter survival.
Time for Roots to Establish
When you plant trees and shrubs in the fall, they have time to establish their roots before the winter months. During autumn, the weather conditions are optimal for root development, allowing them to grow and anchor themselves into the soil, making them stronger and more resilient to harsh winter conditions.
Pests are a natural threat to plants, but the good news is, during the fall, the pests that affect the plant’s growth and development are less active. This can give your newly planted trees and shrubs a healthy advantage as they’ll suffer less damage from bugs such as insects, caterpillars, or beetles. Additionally, planting trees and shrubs in autumn speeds up the process of growth and fosters robust health, thereby attracting fewer pests over time.
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