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Tree Planting and Care During the Fall

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					Although it is not typically thought of as such, fall can actually be one of the best
seasons for planting trees. Because summer months are drier, sometimes even
drought-stricken, newly planted trees often face a hostile environment, unable to take
root and thrive. Depending upon the average temperatures and weather and soil
conditions for the region in which one lives, this may even be the case for the mid to
late spring months. Conversely, the harsh winter months can also be hostile to newly
planted trees.
  Trees planted during the fall, however, have a great advantage to both these extremes.
In fact, timely planting during the fall can prove to be quite beneficial for the
successful growth of the tree. By planting during the fall, the climate is typically quite
temperate, and the extremes of hot or cold temperatures are no longer an issue.
Additionally, with the fall months, the soil tends to better retain moisture, thereby
allowing a more nourishing environment for the tree. Planting trees during the fall
also allows them the benefit of the winter months for taking root into the surrounding
soil and establishing a better chance for viability with the onset of spring.
  It is best to start by researching which trees are native to a region. Selecting a species
native to a region further ensures the probability of survival. Once a tree has been
selected, plant it by first locating the area where the tree is to be planted, carefully
considering the average dimensions for the species selected.
  Dig a hole as high as, but several times wider than the root ball of the tree.
Loosening the soil of the sides of the hole will allow the roots to better establish
themselves. However, the bottom of the hole should be left intact to stabilize the tree.
If planted correctly, staking the young tree should not be necessary. Generally, staking
is only required if there is damage to the lawn or if there are consistently windy
conditions.
  Remove any containers or, minimally, loosen any burlap (although removing the
burlap altogether is best) that may have come on the tree when purchased from the
nursery. Then, place the tree into the hole and begin backfilling. Occasionally
stomping on the soil will help to remove air pockets.
  Backfill approximately two-thirds of the soil originally dug out, then water and
allow the soil to settle, continuing to remove any air pockets. Use the remaining
one-third of the soil to create a berm (a mound or wall of soil or sand).
  Finally, cover the span of the berm all around the base of the trunk with mulch for
added support and protection of the young tree.
  Once this simple planting process is completed, care of the tree is quite minimal
during the fall months and usually includes only watering every other week. There are
lots of Austin tree services available for consult. If you are in the central Texas area
and would like to consult a professional about planting your own baby tree, you can
contact an Austin tree service for advice.

				
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