Experts: January and February are best months to plant trees locally

Published: Monday, January 21, 2013 at 05:48 PM.

Herndon and her grandchildren joined the group of approximately 30 people who attended and gleaned planting tips.

As Dunning planted a winged elm donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution and a nuttall oak donated by the Dogwood Garden Club, she and county extension Director Larry Williams maintained a running commentary of tips and planting advice.

Season’s importance

The cool Northwest Florida winter is the perfect time to plant young trees, as they are dormant, and energy will be directed toward establishing foundation roots rather than branches, agents said.

“If you plant in March or April, the tree comes out of dormancy and directs energy to the crown, not establishing its roots,” Williams said.

“What happens in May? It’s like you threw a switch that turns off the rain and turns on the heat. Without a good root system, the tree becomes distressed trying to get moisture to the crown.”

Planting tips

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