A few days ago, I stepped outside to experience a cooler morning. The air felt clean — fall was in the air. To those of us who love nature, that annual experience isn’t defined by the calendar, it’s a feeling. Oh, how I love it!
Fall is my personal favorite time of year. Here at the nursery, budding time is concluding, apples are ripening and the big tree harvest is just around the corner.
Everything here at Stark Bro’s is nearing fruition. In football terms, we’re on the 10-yard line! And, because we grow our own trees, they are available to you for fall planting.
For the individual in the cooler parts of Zone 5 and north, my advice is: plant in the spring. But, if you feel comfortable planting in the fall, take care and plant cold-hardy plants and trees. This includes…
Growers in Zones 6 and south have a huge opportunity by choosing to plant in the fall. If you are a grower in these warmer zones and you choose to take advantage of fall planting, please make sure you put tree guards on your trees’ trunks to avoid depredation of rabbits and rodents, as well as sunscald. Trees are most vulnerable to these problems in the fall and winter.
Roots are able to settle in. This helps trees gain some establishment, and wake up with nature the next spring. This fall-planting approach is a head-start that can often lead to earlier fruiting and larger yields.
Planting dormant trees diminishes transpiration. When plants and trees are too far advanced (big and leafed out), or if they’re placed in an environment that is too warm at planting time, they give off moisture. This can threaten the plant’s/tree’s well-being and impair its performance by increasing its need for water that, seasonally, may not be readily available.
My favorite time to plant is fall or early spring – when plants and trees are still dormant — to reduce their need for water. This practice works best for both me (growing millions of trees) and you (planting trees in your backyard). Here at Stark Bro’s, we want to give you, the grower, every advantage to succeed. Having plants available in the fall is just one of them. Hope you’re enjoying these beautiful fall days as much as we are!