Fall Tree Planting: Our Top Tips & Techniques

Fall Tree Planting: Our Top Tips & Techniques

September 25, 2023

At Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, we make it our mission to make the Central Texas environment greener, one tree at a time. As an organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development and spreading awareness about the power of trees, we strongly believe in the vast importance of planting trees—and the fall season is a prime time to do so. Autumn tree planting is an excellent way to enhance your local environment, and we're here to share some valuable tips and techniques to help you get started on your tree-planting journey with ease and confidence.

Selecting the right tree species

For starters, choosing the right tree species for your area is crucial for successful fall planting. Native trees are typically the best choice, as they are well-suited to the local climate and soil conditions. For example, San Antonio residents may want to choose species such as the American Smoketree or Escarpment Live Oak. Before you begin, consider factors such as the tree's size, growth rate and purpose—whether it’s for shade, aesthetics or wildlife habitat. Research the specific needs of your chosen tree species to ensure it thrives in your community, and don’t hesitate to consult with local arborists or tree experts for additional guidance. 

Timing is key

The fall season is an ideal time for tree planting because the weather is cooler, and the soil is still warm. This combination allows newly planted trees to establish their root systems before winter sets in. Aim to plant your trees in late September through early November when the temperatures are moderate and rainfall is more consistent—and try to avoid planting during the peak of summer or the harsh cold of winter.

Preparing the planting site

When you begin your tree planting endeavors, proper site preparation is essential for tree health and growth. Start by selecting a location with well-drained soil that receives adequate sunlight for your chosen tree species. Remove any weeds, grass or debris from the planting area, and dig a hole that is twice as wide as the tree's root ball but no deeper. This wider space allows the roots to spread easily and establish themselves.

Planting and care

When it's time to plant your tree, gently remove it from its container and place it in the center of the hole. Ensure that the top of the root ball is level with the ground's surface. Backfill the hole with the original soil, tamping it down gently to eliminate air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly after planting to settle the soil and provide much-needed moisture to the roots—and don’t forget to apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to retain moisture and prevent weed growth.

Maintenance and growth

Proper care and maintenance are crucial for the long-term health and growth of your newly planted tree. Water your tree regularly, especially during dry spells, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Prune as needed to encourage healthy branching and remove dead or diseased limbs. Monitor your tree's growth and address any issues promptly to ensure its well-being.

Make a difference this fall

Fall tree planting is a wonderful way to contribute to cleaner air and vibrant public spaces in Central Texas—and our team at Ben & Annie's Trees for Tomorrow is honored to help you make a positive impact on your community through tree planting. By selecting the right tree species, planting at the right time, preparing the site and providing proper care—you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of a thriving tree for years to come. Join us this fall in our mission to build greener, healthier communities—one tree at a time. For more information about the work we do at Ben & Annie’s Trees for Tomorrow, feel free to give us a call at (210) 670-5297 or fill out our online form today.