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The best time of year to plant a new tree

The best time of year to plant a new tree
Posted on 10/22/2021
One of the biggest considerations to factor in when planting a new tree is the time of year. Kansas experiences a wide variety of weather conditions, so it is crucial to plant your tree during a favorable season. Here are some useful tips from Lenexa Parks & Recreation.

Fall is one of the best times to plant a tree. Soil temperatures are still warm enough to encourage root growth, while cooling air temperatures decrease the risk of pests such as insects and diseases. Developing a strong root system is one of the best defenses against the stresses of the summer months. The lower air temperature, along with increased rainfall compared to summer, helps reduce the risk of heat and drought stress on a new tree.

Young trees can also be successfully planted during winter. As long as the soil is not frozen solid, it is generally OK to plant trees. During the winter months trees go dormant, which means their growth, energy consumption and metabolism have slowed down greatly. Because the trees are in a “sleep” state, they require very little extra care at first.

Spring is also a good time to plant a new tree. With temperatures warming up but still mild, and adequate rainfall, young trees are ready to explode with new growth. No matter what time of year you plant a new tree, weather conditions may require supplemental water if there is not enough natural precipitation, even if it is cold. Another factor of tree survival is the planting depth. To determine proper planting depth, locate the root flare at the base of the trunk. This may require removing some soil from around the base of the tree. When planted in the ground, this root flare should be at or just above the level of the existing soil where the tree is planted.
Published Oct. 22, 2021