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Old 08-06-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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I've always heard that you should plant trees either in spring or fall. I live in south Wisconsin, so I don't know what time is best for this, since fall can start anywhere from early October to mid November around here. I have a bunch of baby trees that are in pots right now (dug em out of my flower bed) and I need to know when it's okay to plant them without shocking them too much.
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Old 08-07-2014, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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For transplanting (meaning digging one up from the ground and putting in another location) When roots are dormant. So basically after leaves fall off the tree or before they bloom. Also before soil gets too hard.

For here it's November and March for transplanting.

But if they are in a Burlap or pot and mature enough you can put a tree in anytime, just gotta make sure they get watered correctly in the summer. So avoid your warmest months
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:01 AM
 
Location: rain city
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Any tree any time of the year is better off in the ground than in a pot.

Fall is a great time to plant trees. Put them in.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Over yonder a piece
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We are in SC.

We've ordered some Mountain Laurel trees - they will not be delivered until the end of October, for planting in November.
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Old 08-08-2014, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Fall is the best time to plant EVERYTHING. Perennials, trees, shrubs, etc. of course most annuals do best in spring and veggies are dependant on type and location.
Most people think of spring as planting time because of food crops and the nurseries do most of their advertising for spring planting. People have been inside for months and are eager to get their hands dirty but it puts so much stress on newly planted trees and shrubs to deal with heat, bright sun, dryness and lack of good mulch that goes with summer.

If something is planted in fall the roots still grow even if the plant is dormant and the stress is minimal. It will emerge in spring a healthy adjusted plant.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Down here in the deep South it's best to plant in the middle of winter. We sometimes get warm spells in the fall that can stress plants.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:52 PM
 
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I guess I'm still not clear on specifically how soon before the frost I'm supposed to be plating. First frost where I live is usually about the middle of October.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:39 PM
 
Location: CO
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Generally when the heat of summer abates it should be fine. Not familiar with your area but maybe by mid-to-late September?
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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If you still have doubts and questions you should call your county extension agent (Department of Agriculture). You will probably speak to a Master Gardener who is manning the phones to work off the 50 hours of volunteer work they promised in exchange for the tremendous education received in Master Gardener training. Somebody there will be able to help you specifically for your area.
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