Should I plant trees before winter or after?

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Old 11-03-06, 12:53 PM
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Question Should I plant trees before winter or after?

I just bought a house that has a nice yard but no trees. I happened to be at Lowes the other day and saw that they had some nice trees for 75% off. With their year warranty, I couldn't resist. I bought a Japanese Red Maple, some kind of Willow, and an evergreen (sorry I forget the specific types). I live in Southern New Jersey. Should I plant the trees before the winter or is it ok to leave them in the pots they came in (about 10 gallons) until spring? How should I water them whether I plant them or leave them in the pots?

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Old 11-03-06, 05:07 PM
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If the ground is not frozen, planting them now will enable them to develop a sound root system by spring.
 
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Old 11-03-06, 06:00 PM
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Hi Pete,

Congratulations on your new home! Go ahead and plant them now. Here's how to plant, mulch and water them. Do make sure the rootflare isn't buried.
http://www.arborday.org/trees/video/howtoplant.cfm
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/Garden/07833.html
http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/woody/planting/rootgrowth.htm
http://www.treesaregood.com/treecare/mulching.aspx
http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/garden/07833.html#post
http://www.watersaver.org/pdfs/FALL_CARING_FOR_TREES.pdf

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Old 11-06-06, 06:49 PM
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Thanks for the info (and for the congrats : ). I was just worried that if I plant now, how can I water them as often as I'm supposed to. I guess I can plant them and just water for a couple weeks (until its freezing out) and then forget about watering until spring?
 
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Old 11-06-06, 08:02 PM
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Pete, you are so very welcome! You will have to water if there isn't an inch of rain every week or no snow cover. Of course if the ground is frozen solid you won't need to water.

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Old 11-07-06, 03:51 PM
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Newt makes an excellent point......as usual

I hope we all realize what a marvelous horticultural resource Newt is. I am continuously amazed at the remarkable amount of quality information she routinely delivers. Sorry.. back to the point, much winter plant injury is blamed on cold weather damage when often it is actually lack of sufficent soil moisture.

This is especially true with newer plantings that havn't had sufficent time to develop large root systems. The point is that it's important to water new plantings well as they transition to freezing weather. As the soil at the surface around those plantings freezes it is difficult for surface moisture to reach the plant roots underneath. On sunny or windy days the plants can lose a lot of moisture through their foliage even in the winter.

If there isn't a good supply of moisture available underneath the frozen surface the plant can be injured in the same way it would be if it were summertime without any rain.

What to do?? Don't overlook watering your new plantings in the late fall just because it is getting cold and it seems like the plants wouldn't need it so much.

The fall can be a dry time of the year in many areas so make sure there is a good supply of moisture available to your newer plantings before the soil surface freezes and makes it difficult for water to penetrate below.

Best of luck with your plantings, 39 years in the business and still learning... Greensboro_man
 
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Old 11-07-06, 04:18 PM
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Greensboro Man, thank you so very much for the wonderful compliment. You make me blush! You don't do so bad yourself!!

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Old 11-07-06, 08:35 PM
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Thanks Newt! Everyone on this forum continues to amaze me! I have been to just about every section during the last year or two and always get the best answers. So nice that something like this is out there!

I will make sure I water until it's ice : )
 
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