Autumn is a good time to plant new trees and shrubs

Last Updated: 
August 4, 2008

REDMOND - In western Oregon, a good time to plant new trees is between November and April.

In the harsher climate of eastern and central Oregon, there are two planting seasons - September to late October and then in the spring, just after the ground has thawed until late June, according to Stephen Fitzgerald, forestry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Most trees and shrubs do not do well when planted in hot, dry weather.

For detailed information about planting new trees, Fitzgerald has published an OSU Extension publication to help. "Selecting, Planting and Caring for A New Tree" is a 24-page illustrated circular that covers site and tree selection, landscape planning in the yard, planting site review and choosing the right species for your needs and environment.

The guide provides information on how to transport a tree, store it temporarily, dig a hole and plant it. Also included is tree care advice including watering, fertilizing, staking, mulching and pruning.

Selecting, Planting and Caring for A New Tree, EC 1438, is available on the web.

Or order a printed copy by mail for $2 plus $3 shipping and handling per copy. Send your request and check or money order payable to OSU to: Publication Orders, Extension and Station Communications, OSU, 422 Kerr Administration Building, Corvallis, OR 97331-2119.

Author: Carol Savonen
Source: Steve Fitzgerald