With all the work that goes into growing and caring for turf, many superintendents do not have the time, or expertise, to manage medium- to large-scale tree planting. With the large-scale of most courses, little trees can easily get lost from sight.
That’s why professionally installed trees are often a good investment (and they normally come with a warranty). However, they can’t be installed year-round, so fall is recommended for planting. “The fall season naturally brings more rainfall and cooler temperatures, so your new tree will require less watering,” says Mark Chisholm, STIHL spokesperson and certified arborist, “the roots can actually penetrate the soil before the ground becomes too frozen.” Early winter planting also allows for the tree to get a better foundation before the heat of the summer returns.