Many arborists believe that the best time to plant a tree is in the spring though there are some who believe that people in really warm climates can plant their trees in the fall. However, since Kansas’ climate is not considered subtropical or tropical, the best time to plant a tree is indeed in the spring. Spring is the best time because the danger of frost or freeze is over, the soil is workable, and the tree has time to strengthen its roots before the stressfully hot and dry weather of summer arrives. This makes the tree more likely to withstand the cold temperatures of Wichita’s winter.
Beyond this rule of thumb, the type of tree also affects the best time to plant it. There are trees that simply won’t do well in Kansas’ climate no matter when it’s planted, such as an avocado or orange tree. If these trees are grown at all, they need to be in a greenhouse where the temperature can be controlled.
What Kind of Trees Can You Plant?
The United States Department of Agriculture has devised a map of hardiness zones that gives you a guide as to what kind of trees and other plants you can successfully grow in your yard or garden. The zones are determined by their minimal annual temperature, and Wichita’s zone is classified as 6. This means its lowest temperatures are usually between 0 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Trees that can grow in this climate include:
- Pine trees and other conifers
Another thing to be mindful of when you plant your tree is whether it is a bare root tree or comes in a container. Bare root trees are dug up while they are still dormant, and their roots are wrapped in moist sphagnum moss or even newspaper before they are shipped in boxes. These trees need to be planted fairly quickly in the spring. Container trees have been started in pots or burlap and like other potted plants, their roots are in the soil. This allows them to stay in their containers for a while, but they shouldn’t be left to become root bound. They should be planted well before great heat or cold can stress them.
Call My Complete Tree to Learn About Planting Your Tree
The climate of Wichita allows for a variety of beautiful and long-lived trees to thrive. If you need advice or help when it comes to planting your tree, don’t hesitate to call our professionals at My Complete Tree. Call us for trimming and pruning services as well.