The first weeks of autumn are a great time to go outside and get a head start on landscaping and gardening for spring. The cooler temperatures and lower humidity make for a more enjoyable experience, and new plants are able to take advantage of moisture already in the ground.
As the days get cooler and shorter, trees and shrubs go into a dormant state, allowing the new plants to dedicate energy toward root growth. By spring, root systems are established and the plants can direct energy to producing leaves.
Before beginning your fall planting projects, make sure you’re planting the right tree in the right place.
Alabama Power Utility Arborist Brent McCain offers this advice: “From the power company perspective, the trees and plants we recommend are relative to where they are planted next to the power line.
“From the center of the right of way, the company recommends small, low-growing vegetation like azaleas, nandina firepower or loropetalum. As you expand outward, small trees like dogwoods can be planted, keeping in mind that trees along utility rights of way are subject to routine trimming in order to maintain reliable power,” McCain said.
When selecting a tree, here are some questions to consider:
Alabama Power shares these tips to help customers know where, what and how to plant:
When you are ready to plant, be sure to consider not only what can be seen above ground, but what may be found below. To ensure a safe digging experience, call Alabama 811 or 800-292-8525 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday before starting work. Through this free service, a utility representative will locate and mark any buried lines within two business days.