customer wants fruit trees planted now.

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by inzane, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. inzane

    inzane LawnSite Silver Member
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    i'm in atlanta, we have a while to go until the last frost.. probally in april. a customer wants some fruit trees planted now, i saw some for sale at TSC the other day.. is it ok to plant these trees in the winter? I told the customer i could do it after final frost. I have never planted anything in the winter before.. we have mild winters here though.
     
  2. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    Now is definitely not the best time. You either want to plant before winter or just After. This gives the tree the best chance to root and be able to adapt and thrive. Try and get her to hold off.
     
  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    I've alway's planted at the coldest time of the year, that's usually Feb 1 around here. The tree is at it's most dormant then and transplant shock is kept to a minimum. This has been working for me for 26 year's. The key to making a newly planted tree survive is water, keeping the rootzone wet for a year for sure, up to 3 year's where it get's hotter, like GA.
     
  4. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Ideal time is past but dormant season is best.
    Keep in mind tree companies plant year round.
     
  5. sehitchman

    sehitchman LawnSite Senior Member
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    Plant them now, dig extra big holes, especially if it is in our crappy red clay and add tons of organic material.
     
  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
    Messages: 907

    The root system will continue to grow even when the rest of the plant is dormant. I don't see the harm in doing it now. Make sure to mix in organic material as some else mentioned, and mulch to protect the roots from the cold.
     
  7. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Fanatic
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    I will plant year round myself.
     
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, it is OK, especially in your region.
     
  9. GARRETTWOOD

    GARRETTWOOD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Here in northeast, if the ground is not frozen I have planted in February.
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  10. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,291

    I have baby flower buds forming on my peach trees here in Virginia. Their about 3/8 of an inch wide. Its safe to plant dormant trees here anyway.
     

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