Tips for Planting in the Summer Heat

Summer beckons with its warm sunshine, making it a wonderful season for gatherings and outdoor activities. It’s no surprise that many consider planting their Bios Urn® at this time. While the sunny weather may seem ideal for a memorial or planting ritual, trees may disagree. Planting is technically possible in summer, but fall is considered the best season. Cooler temperatures and increased moisture in fall reduce stress on trees, giving them the best chance to grow strong. 

Challenges of Planting in the Heat

Summer heat and dryness make it difficult for new trees to establish roots. Young trees and plants must adapt to various soils, establish roots, and cope with new environmental factors when planted. Adding sweltering heat and intense sunlight increases their stress. This diminishes their strength, which is crucial for surviving winter dormancy and budding out in spring. Planting in summer is not ideal, as plants focus on photosynthesis rather than root growth during late spring and the hot months.

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Is Planting in the Summer Possible?

While fall offers the most advantages and planting in the summer is not recommended, it is possible with extra care. If you must plant in the warm season, here are some things to consider:

  • Timing Matters: Avoid the hottest months of the year, generally July and August. It will be difficult to dig the solid ground in those conditions anyway.
  • Containerized Choice: Opt for container-grown. Their pre-established root systems can better handle the stress of summer planting.
  • Watering Wisely: The summer sun evaporates water quickly. Plan on deep, slow watering every few days, soaking the soil thoroughly. Morning or evening watering allows the water to reach the roots before evaporating.
  • Mulch Magic: Apply a 2-3 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant. Mulch helps retain moisture in the soil, keeping roots cool and hydrated.

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While fall remains the optimal season for planting, summer planting is possible with careful planning and extra attention. However, the best advice for planting trees in summer is to wait until fall. With patience and proper care, your tree can grow healthy and strong, ready to flourish in the seasons to come.

What do you think of planting a Bios Urn® in the summer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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