It’s time to start thinking about the display of color and texture in your yard for the fall. In addition to planting some of the prettiest displays of perennials, it is also a great time to install some beautiful trees that will be around for years of enjoyment.
Summer has surprised us with a few fall-like days and while the beach still calls some of us, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your yard for an interesting display of color and varietal texture and form. Since summer is such a bad time to plant trees, the best time for planting trees is now, late winter or early spring. Summer is a bad choice, because the weather’s too hot and the actively growing plants too susceptible to damage. But unless you can water them sufficiently, early-to-mid winter is not the best planting time, either.
Intense heat is the enemy to newly planted saplings along with lack of water for their root systems. In cold climates, winter brings desert conditions of a sort because the ground is hardened by icy or snowy conditions — moisture can’t travel to the root system until the ground thaws. That’s why watering trees properly in fall is important — regardless of whether you’ve opted for planting in autumn or in late winter / early spring. While fall is the best time for planting trees, balled and Burlapped trees and shrubs may be planted any time of the year provided they were dug during the dormant period and after planting receive ample water during hot, dry weather. It is advisable to spray the foliage of broadleaf evergreens with transpiration inhibitors to minimize transpiration. Broadleaf evergreens planted in the fall should also be so treated to protect the foliage from sun and severe winter winds.
Trees and Shrubs offer a colorful autumn display. Mixed with a variety of annuals and perennials, pumpkins, cornstalks and scarecrows, it’s no wonder fall is a favorite time of the year for many who just want to hang out and enjoy watching the crisp morning air move through the trees and dance through the Daylilies.
Landscaping in Birmingham – Tips For Planting Trees
Planting bare root trees and shrubs differs slightly from planting those which are balled and Burlap, including digging the hole to the width and depth sufficient to accommodate and allow for the size of the tree’s growth, proper backfill and watering. Once you have planted the tree and the backfill has been placed and tamped to the desired depth, and the plant properly aligned, sufficient topsoil needs to be added to cover the roots and enough water added until it’s the consistency of a thick liquid is obtained. It’s important to gently raise and lower the plant to allow the soil to fill between the roots, eliminating air pockets. Add water and soil alternately until the pit is filled to grade. After settling, the tree will rest one to two inches below the original growing depth. Small trees 10 to 12 feet tall should be staked with one to four stakes, depending upon the amount of space and the amount of protection needed. Additional stakes give better anchorage, and provide better protection against things such as rodents.
A lot of work goes into planning and preparation, like most everything else worthwhile, but it is essential to setting a hardy and healthy display for years of enjoyment! We are experts in this area and would be delighted to offer our services please call 205-702-4426.