Fall is a great time to plant a tree.
Not only is it a great time, it’s the best time to plant a tree!
- You can pick out a tree when the leaves have turned colors to be sure how it will look with your house. Even trees of the same name can show slightly different colors, so choose the one you like the best.
- Trees are often on sale in autumn, so you can buy a more expensive tree than you might want to pay for at full price.
- In the fall you don’t have to worry about drought as much and the tree will be stronger by next summer since it gets well established before winter.
As trees grow they become more valuable and can boost the value of your home. It’s a great investment for the money.
Whatever you plant, be sure to read up on how well that type of tree does in your growing zone. Learn where in your yard it would do best. Plan for how big it will be at maturity when deciding where to place it.
If you plant a deciduous tree on the south or west side of your house you can get nice shade in the Summer to reduce your air conditioning bill by about 50%. When it loses its leaves in the Fall you’ll be getting more sun to reduce your heating bills by about 25%.
Of course that’s after the tree is fairly big. Your savings will grow as the tree does.
There is a saying something like, if you buy a $10 tree, then you must dig a $100 hole for it. In other words, give it a rich place to grow. You can do a lot to nourish a tree with the soil you put around its roots. It’s much more difficult to promote growth after it’s planted.
Find out how big the hole should be and what type of soil to put in it. Give it wonderful soil for its roots to get started in. If you have heavy clay soil, you will probably have to dig out and toss most of it and replace it with a loamy garden soil.