When Is the Best Time of Year to Plant Trees?

When Is the Best Time of Year to Plant Trees?

February 24, 2022

As a Paso Robles, CA property owner, you probably make a strong effort to beautify your property, whether that means hiring a professional landscaping company to care for your yard and plant flowers, keeping up with exterior maintenance like painting and small repairs or putting up seasonal decorations. We’re here with another idea of how to make your property look its best: plant a tree!

But when is the best time of year to plant a tree on your property? Is it better to plant a tree in the spring or in the fall? Read on for our best tips, as well as some suggestions of trees that can make your home look lovely all year long.

When is the best time to plant trees?

The best time to plant trees is typically in the fall. The cooler temperatures and moist soil make it easier for new trees to establish a strong root system, and the leaves of deciduous trees will help keep the soil moisture levels high.

Can you plant trees at other times of the year?

In some cases, you can plant trees at other times of the year. If you’re planting a drought-tolerant tree or evergreen, you may be able to get away with planting it in the summertime, or even during the spring. Just be sure to water it well for the first few years until it becomes established.

What are the risks associated with planting outside of the fall season?

There are a few reasons fall is the best time of year to plant a tree, as opposed to other seasons. One risk of planting outside of the fall is that the tree may not be able to get enough water to establish a strong root system, which could lead to problems down the road. Another risk is that there may be fewer bugs and other creatures around to help with the tree’s growth, which could lead to a slower start.

What trees do well in our climate?

There are a number of trees that can thrive here, including oak, sycamore, maple, dogwood, poplar and cedar trees. All of these trees thrive in our climate because they are either drought tolerant or have a deciduous leaf type, which means their leaves fall off during the winter months. This allows the tree to conserve water during the dry season and helps prevent soil erosion.

Here’s a closer look at some of our top recommendations and why:

  • Sycamore trees look great all year round, provide shade and turn a beautiful golden yellow in the fall.
  • Poplar trees grow quickly—they can get to be more than 60 feet tall in just a few years—because their root systems are efficient at absorbing water and nutrients from the soil.
  • Dogwood trees are drought tolerant and produce beautiful white flowers in the springtime.

If you’re not sure what type of tree to plant on your property, or whether it’s better to plant it in the spring or the fall, consult with Neumann & Sons Tree Service for advice. We’ll be able to help you choose a tree that will thrive in our climate and look beautiful all year long.

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