Plant trees anytime from spring through fall. Spring planting allows for trees to set root and get established before winter comes. Fall planting also has its advantages…pick up a Blue Grass Tree Planting Guide for specific planting instructions or read the nursery label that comes with your tree.
Watering & Fertilizing
All trees require regular watering to become established. Water frequently and deeply the first two years, rule of thumb 2x/week. Apply root rescue at time of planting. Once trees become established, apply fertilizer regularly. Do not fertilize after July 30 – late summer/fall fertilization stimulates new growth which may be killed in the winter.
Most trees do not need to be staked and grow better when they are able to move. Movement of the trunk helps strengthen it by thickening it and helps develop a taper from bottom to top. However when trees are planted in exposed, windy sites it may become necessary to stake. Staking is temporary and needs to be taken off after no more than two years.