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When is the Best Time of Year to Plant Trees?

Nov 08, 2016

When it comes to planting a new tree or shrub, it’s good to ensure you get it right if you want them to have the best start in life. Things to consider are the health of the roots, the soil, weather conditions and the aftercare.

Tree planting is best done during Autumn, or between October and April. It’s best to avoid planting in frozen or waterlogged soil. In order to avoid the frozen soil, it’s normally advised to plant trees in late August, September or October.

Why is Autumn the best time to plant a tree?

Due to less chance of heat waves to scorch the newly-planted trees. Cooler temperatures tend to help encourage new root growth, but be sure to protect your trees from freezing in the cold weather.

The best time to plant

  • Maple trees - Autumn
  • Birch, dogwood, willow or magnolia trees - Since these need more time to establish, plant in Spring, and ensure you water them properly throughout the Summer.
  • Pine & evergreens - These can be planted in Autumn or Spring, as long as the weather isn’t too hot.
  • Fruit trees – if you experience colder Winters, plant trees in early Spring to avoid winter damage. If your area has a mild or warm Winter, plant in Autumn.


Arborlife tree surgeons can advise on the planting and management of trees throughout Surrey, contact us here.

Category: Tree Planting