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It is near winter...will your trees survive?

Yes, winter is knocking at our door.

You just planted some trees t his fall.

Now you are worried about  them surviving.


Well, per my tree farm expert, now is a great time to plant.

Make sure you dig the whole 1  1/2 times the size of the root ball on the tree.

Water the hole heavily, at least 5 gallons.

Put the tree in and fill the hole with fresh nutrient filled dirt.

Pack it firmly.

Stake the trees so they stay straight.  Water heavily until the ground freezes.


I did that with these 26-30 arborvitae's 2 years ago and all survived.

Advice was golden!



Comment balloon 10 commentsWilliam Feela • October 29 2018 12:46AM


We lost a tree a couple of years ago. It was the severe cold that took it out.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) about 2 years ago

It looks like you did a great job William Feela .

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 2 years ago

Morning William.

My wife and I planted three trees, but we did it in the summer two years ago.  Never heard of planting them in the fall.  Interesting

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 2 years ago

Bill, you have given the same instructions i have seen several times before...must be true.

Posted by Vern Eaton, Realtor 651-674-7449 about 2 years ago

Good morning William Feela - I have heard the same thing.  I should try it by replacing some dead shrubs now.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 2 years ago

Good morning William. Terrific advice here. As the weather shifts it is hard to dig those wholes but it pays.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 2 years ago

Interesting, William.  I would have guessed that fall was not the right time for planting trees. 

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 2 years ago

We rarely get severe winter weather so our trees 🌲 are fine William Feela 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker! (Fathom Realty Washington LLC) about 2 years ago

I hope your newly planted trees make it through the winter.

We did not plant any trees this year. 

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