Fall is a beautiful season. It is a time when change fills the air, cooler temperatures take hold, and leaves display vibrant red, yellow, and orange colors providing breathtaking scenery in many places throughout the U.S. Families are motivated to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and head outside to go for a hike, exercise, or simply take a drive to enjoy the beauty of the season! Fall is also a great time to plant trees and grow a living memory of a loved one with The Living Urn’s patented tree urn and planting system.
Many families ask us about planting in the Fall and we have provided the most common questions and answers to those questions below.
Is the Fall season considered a good time to plant a tree with The Living Urn?
Fall is considered by many as the best time of year to plant a tree in the U.S and an excellent time of year to plant a Living Urn to honor a loved one and grow a memory tree.
The months of September and October are a perfect time to plant but this time frame can be stretched later into the season, especially when winter comes later than normal. In warmer States like California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee, planting in November and December is also very common.
Why is Fall such a great time to plant?
The reason Fall is such a good time to plant is because trees have less to do and this makes it easier for them to get established. Deciduous trees basically shut down in the Fall and Winter above ground and drop their leaves. These trees have not shut down completely and are using this time to grow their root systems. This can make it easier for the tree to get established as it can devote its energy to growing its roots, and it does not need to also expend energy at the same time putting on growth above ground, adding branches and leaves (as is the case in the Spring and Summer). In addition, cooler temperatures promote and encourage root growth and, because this is the focus, it has a compounding effect. Furthermore, as the weather cools off, trees no longer have the hot conditions to deal with so there is simply less stress on the newly planted tree.
In summary, planting a tree with The Living Urn in the Fall can help the young tree develop more roots and stronger roots so the tree is well positioned to grow in the Spring. In general, the more time the tree has to root into its new home, the faster it can grow the following Spring!
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When is it too late to plant?
As a general rule, as long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant a tree. Basically, it is best to plant your tree no later than four weeks before the ground freezes or before the most extreme cold weather of the season arrives so it has a chance to “root in”.
While these guidelines are useful for most states, warmer states like California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Tennessee, allow trees to be planted later into the season and with more flexibility. In these locations, the months of November and December are also great times to plant.
Once I plant a new tree in Fall, do I need to do anything to prepare it for Winter?
Trees are tough and resilient and have adapted and evolved to deal with the elements. With that said, a newly planted tree still needs a little help from you to get going before it becomes self-sufficient. When you plant in the Fall, be sure to water your tree weekly (taking into account rainfall), even after the leaves have fallen off. Continue watering all winter until the ground freezes. Remember, even if your tree has dropped its leaves, it is still working hard on its roots and watering it properly provides the critical moisture and oxygen they need to expand.
Also, follow the instructions provided with your Living Urn to mulch properly. Mulching keeps the soil around the roots of your young tree moist, which is very important. It also insulates the soil from rapid increases and decreases in temperature, just like a forest floor in nature. In addition, mulch helps keep weeds from growing that will try and compete with you tree for moisture and nutrients.
What if the ground freezes where I’m at?
If you’re in the Northern part of the country, there is a good chance the ground may be frozen by late Fall. If this is the case where you’re at, but you still want to plant a living tree memorial of a loved one (or pet), you can purchase The Living Urn now (which is shipped right away) and choose to have the tree shipped in the Spring (another great time to plant!). Alternatively, you can order The Living Urn with a voucher for a tree that can be redeemed for any tree we offer at any time, or opt for our indoor planter urn that lets you grow a bonsai tree or houseplant indoors.