One of the questions we get asked the most is: “when is the best time to plant a tree?”
There are some common misconceptions about when to plant trees. Some people say to plant only in the spring and others recommend planting in the fall. We believe it is far more important when a tree is dug out of the ground for transplanting than when a tree is actually planted. As long as trees are dug at the proper times of year they can be planted all spring, summer, and fall.
The spring window for digging has always given us the highest success rate. In early to mid March we will begin digging our trees. Some trees respond better to early spring digging and some to late spring digging. First we start digging with shade trees, then evergreens, and then we finish up with oaks, magnolias, and river birch around mid April.
We use a large tree spade mounted on a skid steer to dig our trees. It has three large metal spades that create a cone shaped root ball by cutting through the dirt and roots. We then place this root ball into a burlap bag and metal basket. Once the bag and basket are all tied up securely we move the trees into our sales yard and put them back into the ground to display them for sale. The trees can then be sold and planted all spring, summer, and fall. However we cannot dig new trees out of the fields once this digging window has closed.