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A hard freeze triggers plants into dormancy for the winter. This makes it the safest time for Winter Tree Planting.  The professionals at Pugh’s Earthworks Commercial Landscaping will handle all winter planting needs so that trees and shrubs can be settled in and ready to start growing and making leaves in the springtime. Also, plants store energy during the growing season so they can provide energy during the fall and winter seasons that help them grow roots. Plants undertake most of this root growth during the “dormant” season. That is one of the biggest reasons why it makes sense to plant trees and shrubs during the winter season.

However, there are other reasons that make it an ideal time, too. Stress levels are reduced because of the lack of foliage and soft new growth. This means less water is used to keep the trees and shrubs happy. Pruning will also not need to be done. To be successful with winter tree and shrub planting, there are a few tips to follow. First, mulching is important because it will help to maintain constant soil temperatures and keeps soil moisture at a constant level. Second, use less fertilizer and use organic fertilizer so it doesn’t burn the roots. It is specifically designed to promote root growth while not encouraging foliage growth. Third, if you live in a windy area, consider staking the trees to prevent undue stress on the new roots.

If the ground is frozen solid and unworkable, then you can store unplanted shrubs and trees in a sheltered spot with southern exposure. When growth starts in early spring, prune any damaged branches, and feed with a balanced organic fertilizer.

Importance of Winter Tree Planting

Winter tree planting is a strategic choice that offers numerous benefits. Planting during the dormant season allows trees to establish their root systems, ensuring a strong foundation before spring arrives. Additionally, nurseries often offer a wider selection of tree species during the winter months, giving you more options to choose from. By planting in winter, you’re setting your trees up for long-term success.

Choosing the Right Tree Species

Selecting the appropriate tree species is crucial for successful winter planting. Considerations such as hardiness, adaptability to your specific location, and the desired aesthetic impact should guide your choice. Look for tree species known for their winter hardiness, such as evergreens or deciduous trees that thrive in cold climates. Matching the right tree species to your specific location will enhance its chances of survival and growth.

Preparing the Soil for Winter Planting
Preparing the soil is a critical step in ensuring optimal conditions for your newly planted trees. Start by conducting a soil test to determine its nutrient levels and pH balance. Based on the test results, you can make any necessary amendments to create the ideal soil conditions for your chosen tree species. Winter soil preparation sets the stage for healthy root development and long-term tree growth.

Proper Planting Techniques

Mastering the art of proper tree planting techniques is essential to ensure your trees thrive in their new environment. Begin by digging a hole that is wide and shallow, ensuring it accommodates the tree’s root ball. Carefully prepare the root ball, ensuring any circling roots are pruned. Place the tree in the hole, keeping it straight and at the appropriate depth. Backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it around the roots. Proper planting techniques provide a solid foundation for your trees to establish themselves.

Post-Planting Care and Maintenance

Post-planting care is crucial for the health and vitality of your newly planted trees. Mulching the base of the tree helps conserve moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. Adequate watering is essential, especially during dry spells. Protecting your trees from winter elements, such as wind and frost, is also important. Regular monitoring, pruning, and providing additional support if needed will ensure your trees grow strong and resilient.


Winter tree planting is a rewarding endeavor that sets the stage for beautiful and thriving trees. By choosing the right tree species, preparing the soil, employing proper planting techniques, and providing post-planting care, you’re fostering the growth of a vibrant urban forest. Remember, each aspect plays a vital role in the long-term success of your trees. Pugh’s Earthworks has the expertise to embrace the winter season and create beautiful and sustainable urban landscapes. Please contact us today for all of your Commercial Landscaping needs.



Pugh’s Earthworks is the Premier Mid-South Commercial Landscaping Company

See our testimonials on our website. One example below:

As you know, MidAmerica Apartment Communities (MAC) directs a great deal of attention to the curb appeal and continued improvement of the landscaping on our properties. The success of these financial investments will only be fully appreciated with qualified and concerned service providers like you on the properties.

Our residents and third-party organizations apparently think the same, because we have consistently won awards in this area. Nevertheless, we know that this could never occur without companies like yours continuing to improve the properties each week. The performance at River Trace, Gleneagles, Kirby Station, and Hickory Farm were some of the strongest in our company in 2001. In particular, River Trace had the highest scores (93% average) in the Central Region in the months of Jan-Dec 2001 was a year of growth for your company in MAC as you added Hickory Farm to your portfolio as well as several key leaders to you organization. 2002 places another set of challenges out in front of your company. We are confident that Pugh’s Earthworks will rise to the challenge and beat last year’s performance.

We would like to honor you, and your company, with the 2001 Landscape Vendor of the Year Award for the Central Region. We feel that your company has consistently gone beyond what was expected, further justifying Pugh’s Earthworks as the best in 2001 for MidAmerica. Congratulations and we thank you for this commitment!”

Bob Weaver, Regional Landscape Director – Central Region

MidAmerica Apartment Communities, Memphis TN

Pugh's Earthworks




Pugh’s Earthworks
We operate 5 landscape centers, in 3 states.

Our headquarters is in Memphis, Tennessee. We also operate landscape offices in Nashville, Jackson TN, Southaven MS and Little Rock AR. Our firm provides monthly grounds maintenance services for commercial clients. If you are seeking assistance with Landscaping or Lawn Maintenance services, please give us a call or send us a message via the contact form below. We do offer FREE Estimates. We also do enhancements for residential yards, but do not service residential yards unless they are part of an HOA. We do HOA’s!

Memphis Headquarters

Phone: (866) 207-4734