Triad -- If you just love to plant things, the fun isn't quite over yet. This is the time of year to plant trees and shrubs.
Fall is a perfect time to plant trees in the Piedmont. According to Cissie Apple from A&A Plants, fall is a good time because the leaves are falling off. They are going dormant and there will be less stress on the trees. There's not as much plant to support so it has a better chance of surviving.
You can actually plant all through the winter because it doesn't tend to get too cold for too long in North Carolina. The ground doesn't typically freeze and stay frozen. The bigger concern around here would be for the ground to be too wet in the winter.
When you are deciding what trees to plant, consider a few things. Know whether your tree will thrive in a sunny or shady environment. Know how big your tree will be when it is full-grown. Don't plant a huge tree right beside the house, or put a small tree in the middle of a large field. Do you want one that produces fruit? Do a little homework to figure out what you're really looking for.
Finally, after the tree has been selected and planted...water it. If you dig a hole 2' deep to plant your tree, water enough to fill that hole to get to the roots. If you just water a little bit and wet the top few inches, the roots aren't getting the benefit.
Cissie Apple A&A Plants