Plant Trees, Cast a Shadow

The best time to plant trees is in the fall or winter because tree roots continue to grow throughout these dormant seasons. By spring, young trees are strong enough to face the rigors of summer without serious stress or water deficit.

During my years living in San Antonio, I’ve observed fairly good rain episodes in late November through early January, but not so much from late February to early March. So throughout the winter holidays would be a good time to plant trees.

Of course, watering your new trees appropriately gets them off to a good start. The right way to water all new plants is frequently, but lightly. For new trees, we recommend the 3-2-1 plan. Only 1 gallon of water per diameter inch of the tree trunk needed per watering event. Use a hose, bucket or drip irrigation for best results.

Ensure a green San Antonio tomorrow by correctly planting and watering a small tree this winter.

Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson is a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you’re likely to find him hiking San Antonio’s wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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