The ideal time to plant trees and shrubs is during the dormant season—in the fall after leaf drop or early spring before budbreak. Weather conditions are cool and allow plants to establish roots in the new location before spring rains and summer heat stimulate new top growth.
However, trees properly cared for in the nursery or garden center, and given the appropriate care during transport to prevent damage, can be planted throughout the growing season.
In either situation, proper handling during planting is essential to ensure a healthy future for new trees and shrubs.
Before you begin planting your tree, be sure you have had all underground utilities located prior to digging.