October 10, 2023 /
Christina Hester

Fall is for Planting!

As the muggy heat of summer fades, and the vibrant greens of leaves transition to a mosaic of reds, yellows, and oranges, a horticultural secret comes to life – fall is an ideal time for planting trees. Much like spring, the autumn season offers unique advantages and benefits for those looking to establish new trees. Here at Casey Trees, our Tree Operations team has already started taking advantage of all the amazing benefits that this season has to offer!  

One of the primary advantages of planting trees in the fall is the relief from scorching summer temperatures. As the weather cools down, newly planted trees experience less stress from extreme heat, allowing their roots to establish more effectively. Cooler conditions also reduce the risk of water loss due to evaporation, ensuring that your trees receive the moisture they need to thrive.  

During the fall, soil temperatures remain warm even as the air cools. This unique combination encourages robust root development. When the air temperature drops below that of the soil, shoot growth ceases and roots continue to develop until the soil dips below 40℉. Trees planted in autumn have several months to establish a strong root system before the hot summer months return. This strong foundation prepares them to withstand the challenges of summer droughts and ensures healthier, more vigorous growth in the long run.  

This season also brings just as high a likelihood of rainfall, when compared to the region’s spring and summer months. This naturally can reduce the need for supplemental watering, saving you time and resources. Autumn’s lower humidity levels and reduced pest activity can decrease the likelihood of disease and infestations affecting newly planted trees. With fewer pests and pathogens to contend with, your trees have a better chance of establishing themselves without setbacks.  

As we embrace the benefits of planting in the fall—strong root growth, reduced disease risk, and vibrant fall foliage— Casey Trees is your gateway to making a lasting impact on your home and community. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and accentuate your home with FREE trees through our residential planting program, RiverSmart Homes. By signing up, you not only receive free trees but also become a steward of our urban canopy, fostering cleaner air, enhanced green spaces, and a more vibrant city. You can also get up to $100 back for planting them yourself through our tree rebate program.  

Let’s seize the opportunity this fall season and plant the seeds of a greener tomorrow. Scroll down to enjoy some highlights from the field!