Winter is a great time to plant trees; they're available to buy bare-rooted which makes them cheaper to buy and lighter to handle. Plus, deciduous trees will have lost their leaves meaning they require less in the way of water to survive. This gives them a better chance of getting their roots down before the summer comes along with its reduced rainfall. And in the northern hemisphere, the sky is likely to do the initial watering for you, at least for the next few months. In Episode 7 of the Podcast, I interviewed arboriculturist Peter Thurman about the best way to plant trees and he had some fantastic advice, you can listen to it here.
But here's a few quick facts about tree planting that I extracted from the interview that may surprise you;
Peter is at the cutting edge of scientific research when it comes to best practice surrounding trees, proving it pays to keep up with new techniques and to sometimes question traditional horticultural practices. Never stop learning and don't be afraid to break the rules!