Spring is often perceived as the best time to plant trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds. Autumn, however, is arguably the best time to do so. There are several reasons why autumn planting should be considered.
First, autumn is an ideal time to plant due to the overall importance of roots. Of course, roots provide stability for the tree through anchoring. But the roots are also instrumental in sustaining the tree through water and oxygen absorption. As the tree’s leaves respond to the onset of shortened days and gradually become dormant, the roots are better able to develop, further stabilizing the tree and becoming ever more adaptable toward the duty of provision of sustenance for the tree.
Second, soil temperature during autumn is yet another reason why autumn planting is a good idea. Even with the simultaneous cooling of the air temperature at the onset of autumn, the soil temperature tends to stay relatively warm. Tree leaves are first responders to autumn’s shortened days and cooler temperatures, which signal dormancy, or a period of inactive growth. When, because of dormancy, the roots are able to slow, and eventually halt, the processes by which they provide sustenance to the most distal areas of the tree, including the leaves, the ability to attend to self-preservation kicks in. This only fosters the above scenario wherein the tree’s roots have time to further develop ahead of winter’s impending cold.
Next, it is also advantageous to plant during autumn because the humidity tends to be slightly higher. Higher humidity means that natural precipitation abounds, keeping newly planted trees and other botanical life consistently nourished. Even if temperatures rebound into above average ranges, as often seen during an Indian summer, there is likely to be little damage done. Transpiration decreases as the effects of autumn settle in.
Finally, because the air temperature cools, too, yet another reason for autumn planting is a more comfortable environment in which to work. Certainly, autumn is a temperate season in which such physical labor, as required in the planting of trees and the maintenance of a landscape, is quite bearable.
Aside from planting, another advantage of autumn includes better visibility. Once deciduous trees drop their leaves, things like a damaged trunk or dead, or dying, limbs are more easily noticed. Consult an Austin tree trimming specialist to assist you with trimming such limbs to better improve the viability, stability, and aesthetic appeal of your landscaping trees.
If you have additional questions or concerns regarding seasonal planting and maintenance of your landscape, an Austin tree care professional can speak to you further about the advantages, or any drawbacks, for each season, including any tasks completed during autumn.
About the Author: Andrew Johnson is the owner of Central Texas Tree Care, a leading provider of Austin tree service in Central Texas. Certified ISA Austin arborist services including: tree trimming, tree removal, tree care and oak wilt treatment. For more information on Austin tree service, please visit http://www.centraltexastreecare.com.