Prime Time To Plant Ball and Burlap, Potted And Bare Root Trees And Shrubs

Falls cool weather will soon be imposed upon us. This is the prime time to plant your new trees, bushes and vines whether they are ornamental or fruit bearing plants.

That cute little 3 foot tall fruit tree will soon be 15 or 20 feet tall and as wide. Trees require a lot of space to be at their best. Semi-dwarf fruit trees are one of the most common size trees planted by home gardeners. They will in time reach a height of about 15 feet tall and as wide.

When planting more than one tree they must be spaced at least 15 feet apart, better yet a 20 foot spacing will give them better access to more sun light and better air circulation. Don’t plant your new tree where it will be shaded by older larger trees or near by buildings.
Don’t plant a tree closer than 20-25 feet from your home. Over hanging tree limbs can damage your homes roof.

Always take care and select only trees, shrubs(bushes) and vine plants that are adapted to your soil and weather conditions. Grin … Don’t plant an Orange tree in Montana and expect it to survive.

Follow planting directions that come with your new tree. Water in well after planting. Don’t forget water your new tree(s) during the winter. It is only the top out of ground part of a tree is dormant in winter. Trees are still actively growing bigger and stronger root systems during the winter months.

Reference Texas A&M University Growing Fruit Trees
Reference University of California – Fruit Trees: Planting and Care of Young Trees

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4 responses to “Prime Time To Plant Ball and Burlap, Potted And Bare Root Trees And Shrubs

  1. Your acres are more than I am likely to have in the UK. My dream is to plant an avocado seed and watch it grow into a tree, in the UK. If it was really well protected I might just succeed (if you’ll pardon the pun!). A wild, totally neglected avocado tree has been known to produce fruit in the UK. It grew alongside a railway line behind some houses. It is thought that someone threw a seed from the fruit into the back of their garden. I’m determined to show that it can be done deliberately.
    I’m not likely to be growing trees 15 feet apart, though. Nice blog.


    • Re VW Selburn – Thanks for taking time to visit my humble little blog.
      I know little about growing Avocado out of doors. It gets far to cold here to plant then directly in the ground, So I almost always have one in some stage of sprouting to pot up as a house plant.

      Happy gardening

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  2. Our forest is bare of understory seedlings and bushes because of the white tail deer. When we moved here 10 years ago, we put up fencing (plus three electric lines) around the couple of cleared arcres around our cabin. Within a year, we realized how much grew when not mowed to the ground (though we also realized that groundhogs and rabbits are as destructive as deer). Now, every Spring we survey for volunteer seedlings. If they came up in reasonable places, we leave them to grow. Otherwise, we dig them out and transplant them to a more suitable place. So far, we have half a dozen dogwoods nicely spaced around the fence line, and three peach trees (from pits that ended up in the compost, most likely). I moved two of the peaches this year. All the rain this year has done them well. My re-forestry plan is to put a series of cages in the woods and see what grows 🙂


  3. Argh. You reminded me that there’s a clearance pear tree next to the driveway waiting to get in the ground…. but I’m also now inspired to just count off twenty feet from the apple and finally plant it. thanks!


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