Wednesday, April 24, 2013

When to plant a tree?

There are two schools of thought: One is to plant in mid-autumn the other to plant in the early spring. The philosophy behind the autumn planting system is that the soil is still reasonably warm and the roots more likely to grow and become established. The possible down-side to this is that the young roots then have to survive a cold, wet winter when fungus infections may be set in. Advocates of planting in early spring, on the other hand, suggest that the roots will get off to a start as soon as the soil begins to warm up, and thereafter will grow strongly through the summer. Advice from research is so long as leaves have fallen before autumn planting, and the soil is neither frost-hardened nor excessively dry, both options are equally viable. My advice to you is to plant a tree regardless the school you believe...Read more