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Your Guide to Planting Ornamental Trees This Autumn

Autumn is a great time to spruce up your garden. It's not just about making it look good; it's also about creating a space good space that's good for you, local wildlife, and even the air we breathe. This post will cover why autumn is the best time for planting trees and which ones you should consider.

Why Plant in Autumn?

Autumn offers some real perks for planting trees. The soil is still warm from summer, but the air is cooler, so young trees can set down roots more easily. Plus, autumn rains help keep the soil moist.

The Benefits of Bare-Root Trees

Bare-root trees come without a pot or soil, which makes them easier to plant and usually a bit cheaper, too.


Top Ornamental Trees to Consider Planting This Autumn


Conditions: Prefers well-drained soil and full to partial sun exposure; suitable for medium to large gardens.

Benefits: Offers aesthetic appeal with its copper-hued autumn leaves and serves as an effective privacy screen.


Conditions: Adaptable to various soil types; prefers moist, well-drained soil and full to partial sun exposure.

Benefits: Notable for its distinctive bark and its ability to attract local wildlife

Crab Apple

Conditions: Thrives in well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil; requires full sun exposure.

Benefits: Provides year-round interest with its spring blossoms and autumn fruits; acts as a natural air purifier.

Flowering Cherry

Conditions: Prefers well-drained, acidic soil and full to partial sun exposure; suitable for small to medium-sized gardens.

Benefits: Produces stunning spring blooms, adding seasonal interest to the garden.


Conditions: Adaptable to a wide range of soils; prefers full sun to partial shade; ideal for smaller gardens.

Benefits: Attracts avian wildlife with its berry production.


Conditions: Best suited for well-drained, slightly acidic soil; requires full sun to partial shade; necessitates ample space for growth.

Benefits: Renowned for its vibrant autumn foliage, contributes to improved air quality.


Conditions: Prefers acidic, well-drained soil and full sun exposure; ideal for larger gardens.

Benefits: Symbolises strength and longevity; provides ample shade.


Conditions: Adaptable to various soil types; prefers well-drained, acidic soil and full sun to partial shade.

Benefits: Produces bright berries that attract a diverse range of bird species.


Guidelines for Planting Bare-Root Trees

Pre-Planting Care

  1. Unpack and Soak: Upon receipt, remove all packing materials and immerse the roots in water for a duration of 3 to 6 hours, ensuring the roots do not dry out.

Planting Procedure

  1. Excavate a Hole: Create a hole that is sufficiently wide to accommodate root expansion. Remove any grass within a 3-foot radius.

  2. Determine Depth and Position: Plant the tree at the same depth it was situated in the nursery, partially filling the hole and firming the soil around the lower roots.

  3. Backfill: Introduce the remaining soil, ensuring it is firmly but not tightly packed.

  4. Additional Support: Stake the tree if needed, particularly in windy areas or on slopes, to protect the roots during settling.

  5. Water: Create a shallow ring around the tree and give it a good watering.

  6. Apply Mulch: Distribute a 2-inch layer of protective mulch in a 3-foot diameter around the base, avoiding contact with the trunk.

Post-Planting Care

  1. Irrigation: Maintain moist but not waterlogged conditions for both the soil and mulch. During periods of dry weather, irrigate generously every 7 to 10 days for the first year.

  2. Feed in Spring: In the time when the trees are producing new leaves and growth, they can use up a lot of nutrients from the soil, so it's a good idea to give them a little extra feed around May/June

Planting a tree this autumn is more than just a garden upgrade; it's an investment in your well-being and the environment.

Interested in making your garden a go-to spot this autumn? Check out our limited-time promotion on bare-root ornamental trees.


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