Autumn (November onwards) is the best time of year to plant trees, and the only time you should ever plant a bare-rooted tree (i.e. one not purchased in a container). Trees have lost their leaves and are dormant; the soil is warm after the summer and damp from autumnal rain. The tree-planting season lasts until the end of March, when temperatures rise and soils dry out.
Avoid planting when the ground is very cold, or very dry. Trees in containers can be planted at any time of year but need extra care and plenty of water to ensure they establish successfully.
Plant your tree for the Jubilee
In February 2012 the Woodland Trust is inviting you, together with your family, friends and local community, to join us in planting one million trees for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.
Be one in a million then join us for a whole year of tree planting action. To find out how visit www.jubileewoods.org.uk