While spring is usually the first season that comes to mind when people think of tree planting, fall is also a great time of year to successfully get trees in the ground. Mild temperatures mean less stress on seedlings and less watering for you. Also, roots begin to become established in the fall, giving young trees a little extra time to develop a strong root system before the heat of the next summer sets in. Many people fear that young trees can’t withstand the winter. However, that’s not the case. Trees go dormant in the winter, the equivalent of hibernation. This "sleep" state slows down the tree’s growth, energy consumption and metabolism. It’s safe to plant trees until the ground is frozen solid, generally after the first hard frost. For more information, please visit arborday.org.