[NAFEX] Best time to transplant trees/shrubs: Fall or Spring?

loneroc loneroc1 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 11 07:11:03 EDT 2011

In the north spring is the best time, so the roots have the summer to establish themselves before the harshest season, winter.  I hear from southerners that fall is best.  The trees take advantage of the mild winter to establish prior to the torrid summers.  I suspect that in the northwest that fall would be preferable, since summers are generally rainless.  I never transplant anything after the early spring unless absolutely necessary.

Steve Herje SW Wisconsin Usda zone 3/4

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Steven Covacci <filtertitle at aol.com> wrote:

>When is the best time to transplant deciduous trees/shrubs: Fall or Spring?  I figure Fall since there will be days when the temperatures are above 32 F. and root growth can, then, occur; conversely, I would expect spring just in case reduction of feeder roots could be a problem during dry weeks, free of snow cover, when further die-back occurs when the upper-most layer of the ground freezes continually.
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