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In the Garden: Planting Trees

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MEDFORD, Ore. — This time of year is an ideal time to plant trees in our area. OSU Master Gardener Rhianna Simes tells you when and how to plant a tree.

Simes says fall is the ideal time to plant trees in the Northwest, especially once they are dormant or have lost their leaves. Planting at this time gives the tree a chance to develop a healthy root system before spring, when leaves develop.

Before digging the hole, identify the trunk flair. Make sure to plant the tree so that the trunk flair is at least 1-2 inches above the soil surface. Always water the tree once it is planted, even if it is raining.

The OSU Master Gardeners Hotlines:

Jackson County: 541-776-7371
Josephine County: 541-476-6613
Klamath County: 541-883-7131
Curry County: 541-247-6672