Trees planted in fall define landscape in spring
When it comes to planning the front- and backyard landscaping, fall is a season to sow as well as to reap.
There are trees that can be planted in the fall that will keep healthy and bloom in the spring.
The ideal time to plant in the fall, according to Todd Johnson, manager of horticulture at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, is September and October, when the ground is still warm and the extreme cold hasn’t hit yet. Sometimes the winter season will allow the planting of trees into November, he said.
There are some trees, all birches and all oaks among them, that can never be dug in the fall.
The mortality rate for these trees if they are planted in the fall is high, Johnson said.
Some of the trees Johnson recommended include maples, crabapples and evergreens. All the cultivars, or varieties, he gave are male, which usually produce “fantastic fall colors,” he said.
If you put these trees in when they are starting to go dormant, they will survive and thrive, Johnson said.