This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Those who intend planting this fall, should attend to it early this month. The relative advantage of fall and spring planting is open to much discussion. So much depends upon local circumstances, that diversity of opinion is of all things most likely. One man will set out a fewtrees about the middle of October; perhaps they are only transplanted from one part of his grounds to another. They start at once to grow at the root, and, before winter sets in, are well established. Another will receive trees from a distant nursery, plant them the first week in December, and the winter kills them, having no time for growth. In both cases, it is considered fall planting. The removal of a tree for a short distance, may be successfully effected at any season, with ordinary precaution. There is no risk in moving deciduous trees in June or July, if the young growths are pruned off and the smaller branches thinned, so that the foliage will be lessened. The whole of the foliage, indeed, may be taken off; but there is more risk from the sudden check to growth.
The "month of August and the first portion of September, is perhaps the worst for removal of free-growing trees, on account of their liability to make a growth which will not be matured before winter, and consequently endanger the life of the tree. Trees have been lost in that way; but such as horsechestnuts, lindens, etc, that make, their growth early in the season, are not likely to start again at this time. Evergreens may be removed with great success during the summer months. Of course, there is care required in the operation as well as in the after treatment. Water should be freely applied to the roots immediately after planting. Evaporation from the leaves should be supplied externally, by keeping them wet for a lew days, until root action is restored. Watering at roots only, will not answer the purpose, and many trees are destroyed through excessive care in keeping the roots constantly wet.
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