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This Fall, What Tree Should I Plant? Where Should I Plant It?

Updated: Aug 17, 2023


looking up into a tree and seeing sunlight come through the branches

Meadowlark Landscaping Services Encourages Planting Trees in Wichita!


Contrary to popular belief, fall, not spring, is one of the best times to plant a tree. Why? Because fall planting gives the tree two seasons - winter and spring - to get established before summer rolls in with all its heat and drought.


There are so many gorgeous trees to choose from - trees that can cool a hot backyard, or burst out in fragrant blossoms in spring, or beautify the house with brilliant fall colors.

How do you choose?


There are many amazing trees of all sizes that can get by with little water, and will fit neatly into your yard, whatever size it might be. Consider these tree species that grow well in our area, and contact Meadowlark Landscape & Design when you’re ready to plant a tree on your Wichita property.


Plant a Tree with Old-Style Beauty


Bracken’s Brown Beauty Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’) sports waxy leaves that are a rich green on top and cinnamon brown underneath. This waxy-leaved magnolia is cold-hardy, growing in places that other southern magnolias cannot stand.

With their gleaming leaves and creamy, fragrant flowers the size of dinner plates, these magnolias are gorgeous plants and great for Wichita.


Plant a Tree to Welcome Spring


Crabapple trees are a perennial favorite, with their cheery and fragrant pink, white, or rose blossoms. They easily fit into suburban yards, growing only 15 feet tall and about 10 feet wide. These days, crabapple trees have been bred with greater pest and disease resistance than in the past, while keeping their gorgeous blossoms.


Among crabapples, ‘Spring Snow’ is a long-popular variety, bearing pink buds that open into white blossoms in April and May. The flowers on these are so thick and profuse that you can’t see the branches through them. The reason this tree has been popular for so many years is because it is the only fruit-free crabapple. ‘Spring Snow’ is a no-mess tree that you and Meadowlark, your lawn care company, will definitely appreciate.


‘Prairifire’ is another crabapple that has been a favorite for years. It blooms early with dark pink blossoms, has especially good disease resistance, and looks pretty all through the year. ‘Prairifire’ bears small, attractive fruits that turn red.


Plant a Tree for Year-Round Beauty


Paperbark maple (Acer griseum) is a small, slow-growing maple tree that fits neatly into any small yard. Unlike sugar maples and especially silver maples, the paperbark maple stays compact, growing no more than 20 or 30 feet tall, but not as wide. The leaves are trifoliate with three leaflets, but its most striking feature is its paperlike bark, which peels off in thin layers like a birch tree in different shades of cinnamon brown and reddish-ochre.


Through the year, the tree is a friendly presence in the landscape. In fall the leaves turn a lovely red, and its bark makes a beautiful sight against the snow for landscape interest in winter.


Where Should I Plant A Tree?


The old horticultural adage, “Right tree, right place” applies here. All the trees in this article stay between 15 to 30 feet tall, except for the magnolia, which grows 30 to 50 feet tall with a similar spread.


A few tips before you choose a tree:

  1. Make sure your yard has enough room for a tree to spread out at its maximum, away from the house.

  2. Make sure the tree will not interfere with any power or internet lines. Make sure it can grow to its full size without blocking the easement underneath.

  3. Plant it away from sidewalks so roots will not buckle the concrete.

  4. Work with a professional lawn care company or landscaping company, like Meadowlark Landscape & Design, to select and plant a tree.

A beautiful tree is a lifetime investment - so give it the space it needs to grow and stay healthy.


The Best Lawn Care Company In Wichita


Here at Meadowlark Landscape & Design, we use the ArborJet Injection system for the health of our clients’ trees. This is a systemic application, injected directly into the tree, so it will not affect friendly pollinators or other creatures!


The ArborJet Injection system gives the tree:

  • Systemic pest control for one or two years, preventing bagworms and other pest insects.

  • Iron treatment to combat chlorosis - no more yellow leaves!

  • Health treatments to control diseases.

Each injection treatment is customized to the tree species to target their unique pest and disease challenges.


If you need help with planting a tree, landscaping services, or if you are looking for a good lawn care company that can also help take care of your trees, give us a call at Meadowlark Landscape & Design at (316) 880-0227, or contact us through our website.


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