Tips and resources for planting trees this autumn

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Did you know that autumn is one of the best times of year to plant a tree on your property in much of the U.S.? Here's what you need to know.

Top Tree Tips

  1. Choose the right type of tree for you and your property. Consider the sun exposure throughout the year, soil type and climate. Be sure to choose a tree with matching needs.
  2. Select a healthy tree from your local nursery or landscaping service. Carefully inspect visible roots and leaves. And don’t be afraid to ask them for additional information.
  3. Supply water to new trees underground to keep soil moist and encourage root growth. This can be accomplished using a Root Quencher or manual watering spike. (Surface watering can waste water and lead to shallow roots.)

Getting help from the experts

Need plant, region, or climate-specific information on how to care for your trees? Your local Cooperative Extension office is the best source of up-to-date information on home planting and partners with local Master Gardeners to answer local questions about plant health and conditions. Contact your extension office near you for help with plant selection, care, disease management and more.

More information

For more information on how to select, plant, and care for trees in your area, we recommend the following resources:

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