Plant Trees this Fall

Published 10/19/2018

Ed Dolphin, Certified Arborist

Did you know that the Fall and Winter are the best time to plant trees? Moisture from rain helps the tree develop their root systems that will sustain new growth in extreme temperatures. Before you plant, prepare the ground and have a plan. This time brings on stronger sustainable roots in late spring and summer months. For a great resource of what trees to plant check out

Where to Plant

Sounds easy enough. Allow enough room for the tree to spread out with branches. Most trees need 10-20 feet circumference for growth.  Keep a distance of 25 feet from overhead power lines. A tree with a 40-foot spread will have 20 feet on either side extended. Beware of roof tops, property lines, public property, and right of way areas for utilities. Roots may extend 2-4 times the canopy radius and possibly interfere with foundations, underground power lines or sewer lines. Be sure to check with utilities and municipalities before you dig by simply dialing 811 on your cell phone. Allow room for a strong root system.

Final Steps

Dig your hole and fill with healthy planting soil. Water new trees every day (dependent on rainfall) for 2 weeks. Add 2-4 inches of organic mulch to protect your tree from weeds, retain moisture, and maintain soil temperature. Be sure to not use weed and feed on the grass around your new tree as the weed killer part of those products recognize tree root as a weed and will kill the plant.

Reasons to plant a Tree

  • Overall reduces personal stress and increases well-being
  • Reduce energy bills and increase value of your home
  • Trees help with air quality

If I can help you with the process or even plant the tree for you, please feel free to give me a call.



Ed Dolphin

Certified Arborist

Bartlett Tree Experts

(713) 703-2701



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