With the spring season coming to an end, the weather has started to cool down a bit. This leads people to assume that with the heat cooling off, all gardening tools and backyard projects should be set aside until next time. The onset of fall is commonly seen as a time when focusing on the greens is not an ideal option. Contrary to popular belief, fall is actually the best season for relocating trees. The weather and landscape conditions during fall support the process of tree transplantation and maximize care for the tree.
Even though it seems unlikely that tree growth would revive at a time when leaves are shedding and flower beds are losing their blooms, there are factors that prove otherwise.
Here are 3 reasons why tree relocation is best done in fall.
Fall is the season when trees are preparing for dormancy that’s going to last the entire winter. In order to survive the long period of snowfalls and dry winds without sunlight, the trees reserve some energy. Their roots preserve the energy— stored for the dormancy period—so that it’s not lost through the branches and leaves. Since the roots play a major role in anchoring the soil in a new location, tree relocation is best done during fall.
You have to be extra careful during tree transplantation. Sometimes while uprooting a tree, the roots sustain damage and this affects the health of the tree. In order to allow the tree to recover from the trauma, the soil needs to be nutritious and warm. Fall is the perfect time because the soil still has a high fertility quotient and snow hasn’t frozen the ground yet. Taking up the task during winters is a really bad idea for the tree. Even in a state like Texas where winters are relatively mild, the soil is not in the best condition to support the transplantation process.
Summer humidity and extreme heat can be bad for a tree that has just been uprooted. Immediately after uprooting, the tree is in a state of shock and it needs all the care it can get. This is why it’s better to relocate a tree when the weather is mild and the air is cooler. Summer heat can be harsh on a sensitive plant and affect the process of regaining health in a new spot.
Relocating a tree to a new place is much different from planting seeds in soil. It can be quite challenging to do the job carefully without harming the tree and making sure it survives the operation. The size, type and condition of the tree greatly matters in determining how tough the job will be. It’s advised that individuals not take up the task independently without professional help.
Trees Inc. of Denton offers tree removal and relocation services in Lewisville, Texas. We have experts who know how to handle each species of plants and transplant them safely to a desired location. Contact us for more details.