Many people think about spring as the ideal time to plant new trees, shrubs, and perennials in Minnesota. However, fall is an excellent time to plant. The cooler temps and autumn rain gives plants a chance to establish roots and thrive when warm spring temps arrive. Fall planting promotes root growth, so your new trees and shrubs can more easily access water and nutrients. In most cases the ground is more thawed in the fall, than it may be in the spring, especially if we get a late thaw! We’re glad you’re pursuing fall planting and giving your new trees and shrubs a chance to establish themselves before Minnesota winter sets.
Whether you’re doing landscaping, establishing a line of trees to serve as a future break from snow and wind, or need to replace damaged trees from summer storms, now is a good time to stop by Pear Tree Nursery and Garden Center! With all trees and shrubs now 30% off, you may be wondering what can be planted now, and we’ll help you decide what will work best!
- Tip 1: Choose a species that is suited for Minnesota’s climate. Pear Tree Nursery sells native trees and shrubs that are a good choice, and will adapt to our local conditions. However, every yard and situation is different, so talk to us about your project, soil, or any other concerns you may have so we can help you select the best options.
- Tip 2: Always prepare the planting site before putting your new tree or shrub in the ground. Check slope for run-off, remove weeds and debris, make sure there’s plenty of future room for growth in the spot you’ve selected, and of course, loosen the soil.
- Tip 3: Everyone knows that fall in Minnesota can be very dry, very wet, or somewhere in between. Have a plan for providing your new trees and shrubs with plenty of water if we don’t get any anticipated rain.
- Tip 4: Cover the area around your new plants with mulch to retain moisture and warmth. Talk to us at Pear Tree if you have frequent deer visitors in your yard. The Minnesota DNR advises you to “protect young trees, cover the lower areas with tree tubes, wrap or bud caps. Remove tree tubes or wrap in the spring to prevent unwanted pests and disease.”
We’re excited for you to take advantage of the fall season and fall savings to get a jump start on next year’s growing season. We’re currently open 10am-5:30pm Wednesdays through Saturdays.