We often think that autumn is just about putting the garden to ‘bed’ for the winter, and wait until the spring before planting out anything new. Spring can be a great time of year to plant, but autumn is actually the perfect time for planting trees. Here are a few reasons why we recommend autumn planting:
- In autumn, trees have stopped putting their energy into producing leaves, flowers and fruit so they can concentrate on developing better roots.
- Soil temperature and moisture levels are usually just right for promoting root growth which helps the tree to establish
- Autumn planting lessens transplant shock which allows the tree settle into its new home with less trauma
- Trees planted in autumn will have developed a good root system by the time they start growing again in spring
- There is less need to water trees planted in autumn as there is more natural rainfall and the ground is usually consistently moist
- As well as stronger growth in spring, trees planted in autumn will need less watering the following summer as they will have a more established root system
- There are fewer potential pest and disease problems to deal with in autumn and winter, you won’t need to worry and spend too much time inspecting your trees once planted
- Planting in autumn gives trees an extra growing season before the stress of summer. The combination of cooler temperatures thanks to autumn rain, as well as warm, moist soil following the summer allows trees to establish their roots, making it easier on them to adjust to extreme heat or drought in the summer
We have a great range of trees in stock at Bumbles and always happy to give advice.
If you’ve bought your tree, check out our tree planting video guides – everything you need to know in just over a minute!