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Plant trees in winter

As the weather gets colder, many homeowners want to know. Can I plant trees in winter? The short answer to this question is yes. However, you need to consider the type of tree, climate, zone and future weather forecast. Also, there are differences depending on whether you plant in early, mid- winter or late winter. Let’s discuss each of these factors in detail.

Find out if winter is a good time to plant a tree in your yard.


Tree species – evergreen or deciduous

When deciding whether to plant trees in the winter, consider the type of tree you are interested in.


Evergreen trees like spruce and pine never drop their needles. They have shorter plantings have better seasons than deciduous trees because they need all the nutrients they can get from the ground before freezes. The key is to plant evergreens when the soil is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Deciduous trees or trees that lose their leaves and go dormant in the winter don’t need much energy to get through the cold season. This means temperatures can be cooler when planting. For best results, plant deciduous trees in the fall  or early spring , before sprouting, when the soil is above 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Climate zone

Climate has a big impact on when you can plant trees to your yard. Across the street  Buffalo NY USA and most parts of the northern United States, fall is the best time to plant trees. After the hot summer, but the bitter cold of winter has not yet arrived. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  plant hardiness  Buffalo NY USA, mid-August to mid- October is ideal. Now is the time to add a new tree to your yard.

However, in southern climates, including Buffalo NY USA, planting trees takes more time. November and December are perfect times to plant trees Buffalo NY USA.

Upcoming weather forecast
In addition to climatic considerations, current unseasonable weather may affect your ability to plant trees. For example, even if you live in a northern climate, winters can be particularly warm and suitable for planting trees. And when a strange snowstorm came in early September, planting new trees in the ground should be put on hold.

Early, mid, late winter
Winter can be broadly divided into three periods. Early winter is suitable for transplanting seedlings. , often similar to fall. But if the ground freezes or it snows, recommend waiting until late winter or early spring. Finally, a new seedling it is susceptible to frost damage and its roots may dry out if planted in mid-winter. Unless you live in a southern climate where cold and snow are not a problem.

Special considerations

No matter where you live or what type of tree you want to plant, these tips will help your seedlings

get through the winter. Continue watering: Water the soil around your new tree every week or every two weeks until the ground freezes. Water is plentiful, especially right before it completely freezes.

Mulch application: Freeze-thaw cycles are especially harmful to young tree roots. Insulate with mulch to maintain a more consistent temperature. Mulch (Add Support Link) slows evaporation, allowing roots to absorb water more effectively.

Hanging trees: Windy winter conditions can hinder seedling growth (Add Support Link). Help the tree grow straight by tying it to three or four stakes.

Consider using a desiccant: Desiccants are products that add a protective wax coating to prevent ever green trees from drying out in the winter.

Do not fertilize: Immediately after planting the seedling, the new tree should have strong roots not a new branch. Adding a little compost and bone meal is acceptable, but wait until spring becomes fertilizer.

No pruning: Transplanting to seedlings without removing branches is stressful. The exception is if a limb is damaged during shipping and must be removed.

Deer protection: Treat newly planted trees with deer repellent to protect them from deer. Also consider placing protective tubing on the trunk to prevent deer from rubbing against the trunk horn.

Think spring cleaning
Thanks to this guide, you now know if you can plant trees at this time of year. Still, if you have any questions, please contact us at RDKLandscaping at any time. Will spring come without you knowing? So, it’s wise to make a plan. Book your spring-cleaning service

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