How timing and plant selection can decrease stress on plant and person alike.
Fall is a great time for planting trees. It’s a total win-win. Trees don’t like to be moved, it stresses them out. Planting container trees in fall makes the move more bearable for many tree species – especially deciduous types. For the most part, they are done growing for the season, so their water requirements are much lower than they would be for summer. This means that you’re likely to have to water your tree less frequently. Also, their roots are not dormant, so they will keep rooting out into their new environment up until the freeze. This results in a more established plant in spring that will require less water and observation by next summer (as compared to planting one next spring – for example).