In most of the country Arbor Day has been historically celebrated the last Friday in April, but in 2013 Texas declared its own State Arbor day on the First Friday in November.
The main reason is that Fall is a better time than Spring to plant trees in Texas. We have much cooler temperatures so its easier for trees to establish as they are beginning to slow down and go dormant. Then as things begin to warm up in early Spring they kind gently wake up in there new environment for a better transition.
It’s a lot of fun to get even get friends, family and co-workers involved! Whether you’re interested in fruit trees , trees that have awesome flowers, or trees that will provide shade from the Texas heat, now is the right time to plant! The first step is to select a tree that is adapted to our area. We have a great database at WaterUniversity.tamu.edu with our favorite trees to pick from. Its important to pick the right tree for the right spot, so it has enough room to grow and doesn’t interfere by being planted too close to a building or powerlines.
Its also important to pick a healthy tree that’s adapted to our area and to plant it the right way, so it stays healthy over the life of the tree.
Folks should first be sure to remove any tags or wires so they don’t cut into the tree as it grows. Its also important to make sure that the root flare stays visible above ground, so don’t plant the tree too deep, a tree planted slightly above the grade is perfect. Also because most of us have heavy clay soil it’s important to dig a wide hole 2-3 times as wide as the root ball. This will help establish a healthy root system.