It's Fall: Time to Plant a Tree

It's Fall: Time to Plant a Tree

Amber Byfield
Nov 7, 2008

11_6_08trees.jpgLiving in Texas makes for fantastic, mild winters and generally gorgeous weather. But we don't get to see the leaves turn this magnificent shade of red. This week, though, we're out of our home state and spending time in Illinois and Wisconsin, where trees look like this all over. It's absolutely gorgeous!

We've learned a lot about growing seasons this year because we're trying to keep a small container garden thriving. Several things have surprised us, but this is the most surprising planting tidbit we've heard thus far. Did you know fall is the best time of year to plant a tree?

Turns out...

According to this article from the Dallas Morning News, experts agree that tree roots grow when the temperatures range just above 40 degrees. This tip will likely be dictated by where you live; if you're fairly north, you may be just on the cusp of the peak tree-planting time.

They also point out that if you're hoping to get a tree with great seasonal colors, now's a great time to shop because you'll know what its fall colors will look like when you take the tree home from the nursery. So, get to planting! For tips on how to correctly plant a tree, check out this post from September!

Photo via sxc.hu by Patrice Dufour

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