Fall is Planting Time in Texas
November 9, 2017
Finally. The heat of the summer is over and it is time for enjoying the outdoors again. Our trees feel much the same way. So, if you are thinking of adding an addition to your landscape, fall is the perfect time for planting.
In many parts of the country, there is a big surge to plant in the spring. Here in Texas, spring is not the most ideal time to plant; the extreme heat of our summers along with hot night temperatures are very difficult for a young or newly transplanted tree to handle. Couple this heat with the fact it is very difficult to keep newly planted trees watered properly during the first few months if temperatures are in the 90-100s. In the heat of the summer, new trees can lose more water than they have available to them.
A benefit to planting in the fall is, first and foremost, the tree can concentrate on growing instead of just trying to survive. The cooler temps of fall and winter months really accelerate new root growth—the most important aspect for your new tree. Getting good root growth during the cooler months will only allow further success the following summer.
The best way to give your new tree a great start in Texas is to plant in the fall.
As always, proper plant selection for our area is a must. If you’ve moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area from another part of the country, it can be tempting to plant favorite trees you had around your old home. However, you must do your research to pick the right trees for our environment. Our clay soils make planting some acid-loving species impossible, while the hot night temperatures are just too much for others.
Also, be sure to select the correct location of your new tree, taking into account the light needs and final size. Just as you would not plant a Japanese maple in full sun, you would not plant a large shade tree too close to your home's foundation.
Even though it will be easier to keep your new tree or trees watered in the fall and winter, do not neglect watering altogether. New trees need to be watered in well, and then for the first few weeks and months, checked frequently. Provide extra water depending on rainfall (or lack thereof), and temperature changes.
Need help choosing and planting your new tree? Be sure to check out our GREEN-UP NORTH TEXAS Planting Program!