This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A Shellburne Falls, Massachusetts, subscriber asks whether it is best for her to transplant trees in the Fall or Spring. It is very much a question of exposure. If in a very cold windy place trees will suffer as much from Fall planting as they would from the hot parching sun after Spring planting. In the eastern part of Pennsylvania the risk, and there is always some at any season, is considered about equal, and there are nearly as many things transplanted in Octo-ber and November as in March or April; not quite so much, but if less, because when April comes people hurry up for fear of missing a season of growth. If there is much danger from very cold drying winds after transplanting in the Autumn, this can in a measure be helped by pruning the weaker branches if a deciduous tree, or by protecting from wind by branches or corn fodder if evergreens.